Hi, I am writing a post-apocalyptic story. I won't bog everyone down in the details of how the world came to end in this post, but suffice it to say that this is not a generic nuclear wasteland that so many people have already used. I am having trouble with a companion for my main character. I am trying to give him an animal companion that he picks up along the way that travels with him for a VERY long time. My first thought was to use a dog, but I think that a dog is too expected when referring to animal companions. Are there any other animals that spring to mind besides dogs? I want it to be something roughly the size that a man can handle. Not something gerbil sized, but not something bear sized either. I want it to be an animal that can be made loyal, and can be used in a fight if need be. Something even remotely useful to a survivor/wanderer. Here are some details regarding my main character: -He is, ofcourse, an orphan -He is around 18 years of age. -He is a trained killer -He used to run with a gang of raiders (sorry for the Fallout reference) but left when the group turned to cannibalism -He does not have much experience in dealing with normal people socially -He is a very good marksman, but prefers either hand-to-hand combat or up close and personal kills -He is very clever, resourceful and tactical -Although he is very adult and mature, he has a sneaking immaturity about him, something left from childhood that he could not express in such an unforgiving and death-filled world I need an animal that I can give a personality to that would fit in well with this main character. There are ofcourse deeper traits to my protagonist than I listed here, but this is a short summary of him, not at all detailed. If I can't find another animal besides a dog, then I have no problem with dogs at all, in fact I love them personally. I just think that dogs are overused in the whole "Man's best friend" department. Thanks in advance!!!