If you’re in the market for a new pet, the Riordanverse is an exceptional place to look. Mythological beings are a big commitment but have so much to give: everything from protection against monsters to lifesaving healing spells. Which of these creatures would be your choice for demigod’s best friend?
If you have a golden fleece that needs guarding, a devoted dragon like Peleus might be the pet for you. It won’t take long for him to warm up to you if you’re good to him. Just don’t let him warm up too much, because you know, fire breath. Upside: dragons are perfect for giving you and your friends free rides anywhere you want to go. Downside: an absolutely insane amount of upkeep. You don’t even want to know how much money it takes to keep dragons well fed. Not to mention covering the accidental yet inevitable property damage they cause.
Let’s say you want a dog but think owning a sea mammal might also be cool. Why not try a Telekhine?
Everyone knows these guys are the most effective guard dogs you could ask for, even if Percy’s hellhound friend, Mrs. O’Leary, is a big floof. But unless you’re a child of Hades, we suggest you proceed with caution. Remember, if you ever made a hellhound angry, you’d be staring down the wrath of a dog the size of a grizzly bear.
Let’s say you want a dog but think owning a sea mammal might also be cool. Why not try a telekhine? They combine the best and most adorable aspects of dogs, sea lions, and strangely enough, human blacksmiths. These ingenious critters are famous for being able to construct weapons for the gods. Okay, they’re technically demons who teamed up with Kronos to destroy Mount Olympus, but what other pet could craft you a trident of your very own?
Griffins OR Gryphons
To be clear, griffins are Egyptian, while gryphons are Greek. Both are winged lions with sharp claws, immense strength, and the ability to fly at top speeds. Let’s take a closer look to judge their pet-ability: griffins have proven to be way more heroic and loyal—ask Carter Kane about how his pal Freak helped him out at Thoth’s pyramid and ate all those demons. On the other talon, gryphons lay golden eggs: for any pet owner who’s also looking for a financial benefit, that’s gotta be a factor. Would help pay for all the kitty litter you’re going to need.
Mimir, aka Mr. Bubbles, is the head advisor to the god, Odin. If you know your Norse mythology, you are full-body chuckling because this guy (god actually) is a head only. What Mimir lacks in limbs and appendages, he more than makes up for in infinite knowledge and wisdom. Mimir would be the perfect pet for trivia night, but not an ideal choice for folks who love to travel. Getting through TSA is hard enough for heads that are perfectly attached to bodies.
One step beyond hairless cats, spartus kittens can offer you all the companionship you’d expect from a regular kitty, with none of the mess. Skeletal cats don’t shed and they don’t need to groom themselves, which means they don’t cough up gross hairballs. Sure, petting them is pretty much out of the question, but we like to think that’s a fair trade-off. Just be careful not to make them upset—some of them have been known to transform into fully grown skeletal saber-toothed tigers.
Khufu the Baboon
Technically, baboons are not mythological creatures, but no list of enchanted house pets would be complete without Khufu, who lives with Carter and Sadie Kane. Khufu is imbued with enough magic that he can teleport and communicate with the Egyptian gods. His big heart and undying loyalty make him a delightful house pet, assuming you get his diet right. Khufu only enjoys eating foods that end in o. Strange, but not so hard to manage, right? Cheerio, Dorito, Jell-O . . . Flamingo. Maybe you should run this baboon adoption by your friends and family?