Mania asked to explain about what pets we have. This is my story:
In beta, I had planned to tame a spider, but I didn’t like the look of the green ones in Teldrassil. Since I didn’t know about petopia (did it exist?) and beta was temporary, I went with an owl. However, every NE I saw had a nightsaber or owl. When I reached darkshore for the first time, I saw the cool crabs and knew it was the pet for me.
So I tamed a pygmy tide crawler, named him Frothy (ever see a crab blow bubbles?), and that was it until level 60. At that point I was looking for something interesting to do, and 1.7 was promising new pet skills which I foolishly thought included crabs. I decided to become “the crab hunter.” So I grabbed a red crab, Toast, and an unnamed ivory crab.
Toast got to 47 before I realized I needed something better for DPS situations post-1.7, so I dropped the ivory and tamed a black raptor, Flight, from wailing caverns. However, since the only skills I had learned were growl and claw, I needed to drop Toast as well. When BC hit, I knew I wanted to retame Flight as a BEM black raptor at 65, so I leveled with Frothy to that point. From 65 to 70 Flight killed things so much faster than Frothy.
When I hit 70, I went back to level up Frothy. I’ve done tons of questing, hit exalted with Netherwing, and he’s still only 68. /sigh
On alts, my level 30 tauren, has had his owl, Euler, since level 10. My 15 draenai currently has a tallstrider, but is going to switch to one of those cool bloodmyst spiders soon and later either a WC serpent or windserpent.
Frothy – Blue crab tamed Dec 2004 currently 68
Toast – Red crab tamed July 2005 abandoned at level 47
Flight – WC black raptor tamed Sept 2005, retamed as a BEM black raptor in Feb 2007, currently 70