I'm excited to have found the BBC's "Schools" section online - particularly "Primary Languages," in which you can pick up a little chat in French, Spanish or (ooh!) Mandarin. The BBC keeps it simple and important: part of the "Families Vocabulary" includes short chapters on "Pets" and "Describing Your Pet."
So how can I tell about Elizabeth in Mandarin? Hm...
Wo you yi ge chong wu.
Yi zhi mao.
Ta shi hui se de, mei li.
I have a pet.
It is grey, beautiful.
Or maybe I want to talk about Veronica, in which case that last sentence can be:
Ta shi hei, ke xiao.
It is black, funny. (But she is also mei li.)
Doesn't this sound fun!? Want to try? Here is the Mandarin Pets page at the BBC.