I can't even equip them yet (don't worry, no one else on the run wanted them) - I've been soloing pup only, just to get a sense of how maneuvers affect my pet and what the different attachments do to my pet's behavior. Also saving gil up for more attachments. Seemed kind of pointless to burn up pup and have no gear, attachments or skill. Once I've got more seals, bits and bobs, and attachments I'll burn it up a bit more.
When it comes to sitting around not doing anything for long periods of time, only being active for short windows, and marginal changes and sidegrades I'd say FFXI players were the perfect choice for politicians.