"11.) Is there an animal you equate with your character? "
As in, "if you were an animal, which animal would you be?" No, I don't equate my characters that way.
However, if I were to chose spirit guides for my characters I would choose a raven ("Destroyer / Rebuild, Explorer of the unknown, Mysterious") for Fiole and Frank's would be a salmon ("Able to overcome obstacles. Determination. Focused energy. Perseverance.").
Fiole had a pet papagalo (a kind a parot).
Frank has had horses and dogs. He's currently considering one of the rats specifically bred in Howlina as pets.
If forced to choose a favorite animal Frank would chose orcas, Fiole would choose golden eagles.