First off, thankyou very much to Rendigar for updating and expanding even further on Phraide's great work on this guide... 'tis much appreciated!
For the fight against Jeremy tonight, I started it before realising my Dragonling couldn't use Decoy and Explode... didn't help that the Journal still showed Decoy as the chosen attack in the second slot <facepalm>. But then I thought, got lots of bandages so I may as well go with it and see what happens. Bombing Run happened to be in the second slot and Explode of course still in the last. And although I've only been able to test it twice so far (with the early and reset battles you get on the first night of the Faire), this strategy has worked both times.
I swapped in the carry pet to get stunned by Fez (is that his name? It should be if it isn't
) and then pushed the Dragonling back in, dropped the Bombing Run first and then used Breath until the last round of the Bombing Run, Explode and let the Bombing Run finish him off before my wee carry pet had to face him again. I did think about other pets, but the Zep isn't as fast as the Monkey, so I'm not sure it would work as well (although it's really just that initial stun you're looking to avoid anyway, so maybe it doesn't need to be).
Regarding the Payne fight, in desperation (because I didn't want to maybe spend forever looking for an S/S bunny from Arathi when I'd already caught a different blue breed from there) I turned to my (candied up) Spring Rabbit, and he's always done fine.
Hope these add to your options. Thanks again Rendigar, Phraide, Quintessence and everyone else. PokéWoW ftw!