I'm a first time player of D&D and have started the starter set's campaign with a group of friends that also wanted to play the game.
For the character I was intrigued by the idea of a ranger with a beast companion, and while searching online for ideas I found the UA version that I loved immediately, especially with a wolf companion that is awesome with my character's background.
Unfortunately after the first session I'm really worried that at level 3 the enemies will easily destroy the poor beast which has only 11 hit points. I don't like the Ape and Black bear options (that also have a lower AC).
Is possible to use my companion in combat and keep him alive or am I right in being worried about his survival?