The thread title says it - should I refer to the animals as "it" or with a "he/she"? I often want to use the gendered pronoun (he/she) but then I come to a sentence like this: He picked up his dog and he licked his face. (lol) And it's just way easier if I'd been using "it", like this: He picked up his dog and it licked his face. The second one looks far less ridiculous, too, lol. So yeah... in general, which pronoun do people use to refer to animals? I mean ones with names, like say the horse your MC's riding on all the time, not just a passing stray.