I believe this is going to be a great thing. Sure we start with fluffs but they said that we could have other kinds of pets in the future. I hope we get dragons or some sort of spirit creatures later on. Can't wait for the event this summer.
The "eventually we might be able to equip them on our forum avatars" part actually cracks me up because we already have a ton of equippable fluffs
True, but this is equipping an item from a different system on the site, fluff or not. It's quite different having a static item in your inventory and putting it on, and having a changing data system/pet that's constantly in flux and then sticking it on your avatar.
It's kind of like when they first introduced evolving items, and the changes associated with them.