aka: Looking for a non-dragonkin, acquired-in-game pet that has a non-undead-heal or doesn't crumple under two hits
I know you all must get tired of suggesting pets, so instead of asking you to recommend pets, I'm going to ask you how you pick pets instead. Maybe this way I can recommend my own pet. lol
How do you decide what pets compliment each other? Or what abilities do you look for when picking pets? Or do you look for something other than abilities? Are pets without heals as useless as they seem currently?
Everyone I've asked has suggested pet-store pets (or CE pets, or Grunty) and while I occasionally splurge when something is on sale, I find the whole idea of a pet store obnoxious and ALWAYS feel guilty about buying pets there. (I'm also on a pretty tight gaming budget. So even if I WANTED to pay more to win, I couldn't.) Aren't there any good pets that don't require spending extra money?
I'm currently still addicted to my Onyxian Whelpling and my Infected Squirrel, but I can't settle on a third pet. They both hit hard and have good heals. I've occasionally used the Strand Crawler, he can live through anything, but he's kind of ... wimpy. My Crystal Spider in THEORY is good, but he can be kind of squishy but his heal is undead. I do have the Panderan Monk, and people also suggest him frequently, but he's just a touch squishy. Crimson Lasher is good, and I love the pet-swap-proof-ness of his heal, but ... I dunno. Squishy. Am I too addicted to healing? Should I just bite the bullet and use something glass-cannon-y for a round or two and mop up with a more solid pet?
Any thoughts on group-make-up would be appreciated. Thanks.