I just started playing as Wendy for the first time and I noticed that Abigail doesn't provide much help when battling a Treeguard. She can take only a few hits and then she drops her flower.
When running away from werepigs, I dropped the flower and tried to kill one werepig out of three, but I was overwhelmed by then.
In what situations is Abigail most useful? How can I use her to shift enemies' attention quickly?