<blockquote><hr> I know it took me and my peers a good bit of fumbling around to get the hang of pet handling [/ QUOTE ] Yes, but how does running around in a field telling false promises to unsuspecting animals going to make you better at pet handling? I would really think it was actually going out and handling your pet that gave you the experience. Now Pet bonding I can see as a problem as it gives less incentive to learn pet "care", but +skill items really makes little difference to learning pet handling. <blockquote><hr> Not all tamers are out there treating pets as slaughtering machines either. I feel terrible if a pet of mine dies, because to me it's my fault for letting them die. [/ QUOTE ] You didn't run around promising animals to be friends then killing them afterwards? You didn't look for the best skilled pet and killed the rest? (after skills got introduced for pets) You don't kill and kill until you get a rare color? <blockquote><hr> Funny enough, the ones I see with the worst attitude to their pets are the ones wearing the obligatory talisman of twinkness while riding a cu Easy come, easy go I guess [/ QUOTE ] Its more that +skill items allowed people with different motives to easier pick up the skill, which changed things.