Is there a TV pet more loyal than Jon Snow’s direwolf? He stayed by Jon’s body even after he died, and was presumably overjoyed to see him resurrected. Ghost might not have had a ton of screentime over the past few seasons, but he’ll be returning in Season 8.
Cheddar (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Holt knows whether he’s looking at his dog or “some common bitch.” (A female dog, in this context). Many of Brooklyn’s best episodes revolve around Cheddar, whether it was Season 3’s “Cheddar,” which saw the entire squad searching for the tiny runaway, or the times Cheddar has assisted in the precinct’s Halloween heists.
Salem Saberhagen (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)
While his Chilling Adventures of Sabrina counterpart isn’t quite as sarcastic or witty, the ‘90s version of Salem and the new Salem have one thing in common: they care about Sabrina. Salem’s a bit of a troublemaker, but his heart is (usually) in the right place.
Dog (The Walking Dead)
After seasons of asking, Norman Reedus finally got his wish: Daryl Dixon has a dog, named “Dog,” because what else would Daryl name a dog? Though we haven’t seen much of Dog yet, it’s clear he and Daryl are good pals, and Dog seems to enjoy bringing his master dismembered walker parts. Maybe he’s trying to help Daryl make a new walker-ear necklace?
Drogon, Viserion and Rhaegal (Game of Thrones)
Is there any pet more badass than a dragon? Though Daenerys wouldn’t see her dragons as pets, they definitely look to her as their “mother,” and treat her much as a pet treats its owner. Dany’s loss of Viserion impacted her as heavily as the loss of a beloved pet would.
Champion (Parks and Recreation)
The bond between Andy and his three-legged pitbull, Champion, is so strong that Champion came to the sound of his singing…well, and a dog whistle. Whether or not he was drawn to the melodious sound of Andy’s voice, Champion is beloved among the employees in Pawnee’s Office of Parks and Recreation, especially by his owners April and Andy Dwyer, and by Chris Traeger.
A good pet can make a bad day better, and a bright day brighter. And on TV, sometimes they're even more interesting than in real-life — as much as you might want to, you can't come home to a dragon after a long day at work.
Here are six TV pets who have barked, purred and roared their way into our hearts.