One of the most heartbreaking things about Red Dead Redemption 2 isn’t the ending, it’s the fact that you get to look at so many great dogs and never, ever have one to call your own. That state of affairs is untenable, I daresay, and so now there’s a mod for the Western game that restores player and canine to their natural relationship.
Dog Companion by Shtivi is exactly what it says it is, and more. You don’t just get a dog, you can have any dog in Red Dead Redemption 2. If you include the named pups Rufus and Cain, there are fifteen different kinds of dog that appear in Red Dead Redemption 2, and with Dog Companion installed, you can befriend any of them. The instructions are pretty simple: find a dog that you like and pat it, then select the new ‘bond’ prompt. After that, the hound will accompany you on your adventures from New Austin to Van Horn.
The mod adds a surprising number of dog-specific behaviours to Red Dead Redemption 2, giving you quite a few options while you have one with you. They’ll sit and wait for you if instructed, and if you enter a building, it’ll wait for you outside. They’ll help you out in fights, attacking any predators who get too close, or anyone you get into a melee brawl with.