Sorry, now I've composed myself enough to compose this post. Let me give you a DIRECT quote from Kingsisle:
ADVANCED PETS COMES TO THE SPIRAL!
Players can now hatch new pets from millions of combinations, race in the Pet Derby and much more. If you're level 7 or over, visit Merle Ambrose in his office for instructions! Learn more here!
So the pets are finally here ^.^ This is HUGE. Totally logging in right now so I can start farming these amazing pets. I hope to see you there!
Your [Incredibly Happy] Friend Always,