What animal or non-human companion (from a book) would you most like to keep as a pet?
I always loved Buckbeak from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Once you gave a hippogriff due respect, he gave it right back to you. Buckbeak was loyal, brave, bold.
Of course I would have to get over my fear of heights to ride on him, but it would be pretty awesome to fly over the castle and travel with him wherever I needed to go. And, if anyone messed with me, those talons are pretty nasty!