Animals refers to what could be considered "lesser species", ones that are generally not considered sentient. Animals are generally not capable of communicating with humans, notable exceptions being wited Humans.
“Nighteyes ( "Œil-de-nuit") is a wolf and the third Wit-bond partner of FitzChivalry Farseer...Nighteyes
“Motley is a crow gifted to FitzChivalry Farseer by Web. Motley is a female crow that has both...Motley
“Smithy is a puppy who is the second Wit-bond partner of FitzChivalry Farseer. Smithy is born to...Smithy
“A puppy with whom Fitz formed his first Wit-bond. It lasted until Burrich discovered the bond...Nosy
“Sooty is a horse that is given to FitzChivalry Farseer when it is decided by King Shrewd that he...Sooty
“Slink Character Books and Stories Slink is the pet weasel of Chade. He is often seen in Chade's...Slink