I have greatly enjoyed having Dogmeat as a member of my party. Watching him get at enemy critters can bring an aspect of enjoyment to the game that dog-lovers can appreciate. Those times he makes big hits, scoring 30+, 40+ or even 50+ points of damage can be as large as thrill as can be found in FO I think. And K-9 also, whom Per Jorner dismisses in his walkthrough as "useless" I have found worth having along when there's room - especially teamed up with Dogmeat. One of the most memorable experiences I've had playing the FO series of games was watching Dogmeat & K-9 team up with each other to destroy a floater all by themselves without any help from others in the party. I found myself cheering them when the final kill came! Per assesses K-9 only in relation to his low resistance to EMP. Let's see, there's a robot in the Toxic Cave outside of Klamath & those in SAD - how big a part in the game do they play?