I hope they leave the pets just the way they are. I am so sick of pet training and lousy pets in wizard101, I don't even want to play the game anymore. Pirate gives no pressure on that end. No pet training!
I don't mind pet training in WIzard101, but would just as soon not see it here on Pirate101.
I suspect that once the level cap is raised, pets will at some level receive a second ability. It seems like in the initial release of pets in the Shop and on the gift cards and bundles, that each pet had a different ability. There is now a degree of redundancy (all of the pets from the Tribal Crew pack have the same ability, I think); adding a second ability at a higher level considerably multiplies the varieties you can have among the pets.