If you spent 1 hour a day leveling pets using the Panda and WoD trainers then spent 1 hour a day doing 1 old raid each day, you would see your number and quality of pets go up quickly and make far more than 1k a day.
I only know this of course because guess what I do
(I know right?)
I have likely sold more pets on the AH than I have bought by an order of magnitude and I don't sell many pets. I have almost an entire guild tab filled with extra pets I keep forgetting about.
Panda Spirits I am sorry!
Of course, I have no plans on getting the TCG pets and such, that is real money I simply do not have and if I did have, I still probably would not. Personal choice on my part, but the thought that Blizzard could shut down WoW tomorrow and leave me with the remembrance of having spent real money on a string of digits on a now empty hard drive bothers me. Yet, spending 5 hours of my life grinding out badges is no problem ... Oh well, I am over 40, straight, male and a pet collector so you all already knew something was weird about me.