Awaken your Magic with an amulet delivered by a big owl. So often the way.
There's nothing more delightful than a kiss in the snow from a wolf. If you are another wolf. If you are Liam Neeson it might be less desirable.
A reminder that love can transcend death. For the one that hasn't died, obv. Or possibly a warning that hanging around in cold dark crypts without enough layers on can land you with a nasty sniffle.
Fierce loyalty is a very valuable quality in pet dragons. Disloyal dragons can be a real handful.