What ever change was put in place to change pet behavior is not working as it should. Pets do not defend themselves properly. If anyone would like a demonstration I'll be happy to show you. I'm not sure if the problem is just unbonded pets or if the issue is with all pets. My negative experience has been with unbonded pets. If you have a pet guarding you and a mob attacks the pet it will stand there twiddling its "thumbs" until it is dead. Now some will say just tell the pet to kill said mob. That isn't the point. I have a crappy connection and therefore often run into issues where I lose connection. It sucks to log back in and find I'm dead but it sucks even more to see my unbonded pet corpse. There is no way a single ice troll should be able to kill a drake IMO. If I sic the drake on an ice troll to kill it I don't even need to apply an aid. Yet if I lose connection it dies because its to stupid to fight back. Some will also say put your pet in the stables till it bonds. That isn't the point either. I don't get a chance to play uo much so I don't want to wait a week every time I have a new pet. I make it a point to only have my unbonded pets around mobs that they should be able to kill with ease.