Shown here are our real-life animal companions. (I have cats like normal people; Mary Beth keeps a pair of green anole lizards.)
However, in the world of The Golden Compass, I'd be going around with a lion and Mary Beth would be accompanied by a whippet.
How do we know? It's because we visited the Golden Compass movie website. It lets you generate a "daemon" in the form of an animal, based on questions you answer about your personality.
The movie opens nationwide this Friday. Mary Beth saw a sneak preview last night, and she says it's good.