The Gift of Ideas: My Favourite Pet

December 18th, 2009

Syrana of Sideshow & Syrana has given me a wonderful Christmas present… a free blog topic!  The trend was originally sparked byTamarind at Righteous Orbs.  Here’s the idea:

I notice that it’s a season for gift-giving, mulled wine, the warm fuzzies and what not … and, putting aside my bah humbug inclinations, I got to thinking, well, how can we can spread a little festive love around here? And, given how connective blogs are and how much we like tagging each other to write things, I came up with a Cunning Plan…

It’s basically a blog-content gift exchange (and it really needs a catchier title), and here’s how it works. If you’d like to play, leave me a comment and in return I’ll give you a subject, or ask you a question … and then you go away and blog about it. It doesn’t have to be a whole blog post, this is meant to be low pressure gift-exchange, but, you know, a comment or a paragraph, or a corner of a post (or a full post, if you want to really indulge me, or feel inspired). And if I suggest something crap or boring in which you have no interest, you can look at it as the equivalent of a pair of novelty socks, say “thank you very much, Tam” and throw it away entirely, and I’ll pretend not to notice and make a mental note not to get you novelty socks next year….

And then, if you feel like it, you can throw it open on your own blog, inviting people to comment if they’re will to blog on a subject of your choosing….

If you’d really like, you can comment here and I’ll try my best to come up with a topic for you to write about.  But I warn you – I’m hardpressed to come up with my own topics, so you might not like what you get!

Anyway, here’s my response to Syrana’s query, “Regardless of min/max optimal raid DPS etc, what is your favorite pet that you have tamed?”

It’s a tough question.  Unlike some raiding hunters, I’ve built a strong bond with each and every one of my pets.  They’re like another part of my character, and I tend to bring them all out in rotation so none of them gets bored sitting in the stables too long!

But right now, if I had to pick a favourite (don’t tell the others!), it would probably be… Ambrose.


Did I mention Ambrose is a daddy?

If you don’t recall, back in patch 3.0 (shortly before Wrath of the Lich King hit shelves) Hunters were given quite a work-over.  Pet talents, pet classes, and a slew of new breeds to tame!  When I saw Moths were part of that list, I was so excited.

I’d remembered the Shimmerwing Moths from my first time in Netherstorm.  They were such a shocking electric blue that I was mesmerized at the sight of them.   And now I could have one of my very own!

So while some headed to various vendors or trainers the day the patch hit, I was right away on a flight path to Netherstorm.  I’d picked out a name (originally inspired by Ambrosius the dog from Jim Henson’s Labyrinth), and had my dear Fiddlesticks parked away in the stables.

Unfortunately, I’ve never been able to play much with Ambrose.  While leveling from 70-80, I was using my Gorilla, Hanno.  Once I hit 80 and began raiding he saw a bit of action, but with the dominance of the wolf nowadays, Ambrose only accompanies me for dailies, farm content and heroics.  Of course, he also tends to be the one by my side while I hang around town.

I still get whispers asking, “Where did you get that beautiful pet?” And it always makes me grin.  What a beauty!

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6 comments to “The Gift of Ideas: My Favourite Pet”

  1. I should sue for copyright infringement! Kidding, of course.

    I tamed Tinea as soon as 3.0 hit, and I was very choosy about which moth it would be, too. I had to go with the white, only because the blue was just a tad too flamboyant :)

    She’s not my favorite, but definitely up there.
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  2. Snarlsalot the bear. He’s the first pet I ever had and still my best friend in WoW (real people notwithstanding.) He pulls aggro off alt tankadins (<3 Annalla :D ), gets snuck into farm raids, and is my companion when soloing. Everyone loves him more than me. He is naughty sometimes, such as this exchange from our last VoA run:
    OT (who's also the hunter lead): All dps should be on Emalon.
    RL: All dps is on Emalon.
    OT: There's a bear on the adds…
    Me: (giggling)

  3. Oh, Ambrose is absolutely gorgeous. I can see why he’s your favorite! And I’m glad you give him love and attention even if he can’t go along to raids. :)
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  4. Christmas Present, You, Me, 10 man ICC, make it happen!

  5. Although we eventually parted ways (more my decision than his, unfortunately), my favorite pet of all time had to be my old cat Aradesh, a black panther from STV. He stayed with me from my newbie days as a low level all the way until 80, until I started filling my slots up with exotic pets.

    I think I still might tame another one again on my alt, reading this post has made me nostalgic.

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