I was finally able to put pet battles aside and I am 2 bubbles fro 86. Woo! Must get Brewfest Trinket... but it's keeling me.
I made a habit years ago of stealing guildmates and friends names for my hunter pets. It's led to some fun group confusion :3
My first theft was Izkendar (from Everquest), which became my red dragon in UO. I carried the name to a red raptor in WoW. My nephew couldn't think of a name for his hunter, so he stole it. Then he got a red whelping to drop a couple weeks later in 30 minutes when I has been farming the things for 5 years, since alpha
I never did get that whelp to drop. I broke down and got one off the AH. It is now Izkendar. /bow
My other one is a friend named Bitter from Warcraft 2, our GM in alpha/Vanilla. He named his priest Bitter and would 2-box it in our groups while tanking and healing. He had said he was going to quit when retail came out, then changed his mind. Before he came back though, I had taken my lvl 13 orc, walked all the way to Ironforge on a pvp server and caught myself a snow leopard to name Bitter. Needless to say, when I'd yell out on vent that Bitter was dying, he'd get upset with me that he thought it was his priest :3 But Bitter has also been Eyechaki, Sian Rotam (sp), a Ghost Saber and will probably be a snow leopard cub.
I warned my current guildies about my little habit and offered them the opportunity to pick pets for themselves :3 The most popular seems to be the bombling. Three people requested that one! But people enjoy hearing how "they" are doing in pet battles.