Finally figured out how to use my animal characters in the story. There are four so far. Two intelligence assets mice, a pelt cat for Penn’s personal protection, and a genetic construct avian for the monastery on PreShih Tzu.
It took me a while to figure out that I needed to write down and layout how and when they should be present in the story. This required letting them be other places than with the main character or secondary characters that each of the animals was associated with. This allows not having to have them present in all scenes, not just making things easier to write and keep track of but lets me present the characters more vividly and consistently. A big deal.