A dog is a man’s best friend, and with the right Skyrim mods, Meeko can be the Dragonborn’s best friend, too.
You’ll meet Meeko, a sad little dog, when you go exploring on the edges of Hjallmarch.
He will lead you to his old master, who is dead in a shack nearby, and use his cute baby eyes to get you to feel sorry for him.
You aren’t the only one who feels sad about Meeko’s loneliness but isn’t sure what this dog can do for your party.
We’re lucky that there are a lot of mods we can use to make Meeko the best dog he can be.
12. Airdale Dogs Replacer
The “Airedale Terrier Dog Replacer” mod is a modification created for the video game Skyrim. In the game, the default appearance of the dogs is based on Irish Wolfhounds, a large breed.
This mod aims to change the visual design of the dogs to resemble Airedale Terriers instead, a smaller breed.
By using this mod, the models and textures of the dogs in Skyrim are replaced with ones that resemble Airedale Terriers, providing a more accurate representation of the breed within the game world.
This mod focuses solely on the visual aspect of the dogs and does not affect their behavior, abilities, or any other gameplay elements. It offers players a more personalized and visually pleasing experience when encountering dogs in Skyrim.
11. Dream’s Unique Dogs
The “Unique Named Dogs in Skyrim” mod is a modification created for the video game Skyrim. In the game, there are various dogs with generic names that lack individuality or unique characteristics.
This mod aims to address this by giving each named dog in Skyrim its own distinct identity. By using this mod, the generic names of the dogs are replaced with unique names, making them feel more like individual characters rather than generic NPCs.
The mod adds a touch of personality and immersion to the game, enhancing the overall experience for players who interact with these canine companions.
10. Bring Meeko to Lod
Sometimes, your character isn’t the dog type.
Still, it would take a cold heart to leave Meeko alone at his shack, watching as his former owner’s corpse slowly decomposes.
Luckily, there’s someone in Skyrim looking for a loyal beast just like Meeko to keep them company: the blacksmith Lod in Falkreath. He initially asks you to catch Barbas, but with this mod, he won’t mind as long as he gets a dog.
Better Meeko than a Daedra, that’s for sure.
9. Useful Dogs
If I was a traveling hero, I’d at least train my dog to perform basic support actions. Everyone has to pull their weight in this party!
Useful Dogs helps you train your Skyrim canines, giving them the ability to follow simple commands like “go find a weapon” or “I need food.”
The mod works on dogs – like Meeko – but also wolves and foxes you’ve managed to tame.
This is also a great way to get Meeko out of the way when moving through tight spaces like caves and catacombs.
8. Attack Dogs – A Dog Combat Overhaul
Exploring Skyrim can be less lonely when you have a cute dog like Meeko with you, but a Dragonborn’s life is full of danger.
When a dragon attacks you, there’s a good chance that Meeko will be eaten like a chicken egg, and that’s just the beginning.
With the Attack Dogs mod, you can teach your dog friends how to stay alive. They will level up to level 80, get bonuses, and fight much better in general.
You won’t have to worry about Meeko accidentally setting off a pressure plate because he is too excited.
7. Improved Meeko SE
If you’d prefer to enhance Meeko alone instead of every dog in the game, Improved Meeko is the way to go.
This mod allows Meeko to discover his full potential, leveling up to 81 and acquiring several perks – mostly connected to stealth.
You’ll also notice Meeko has become more durable in battle. He has almost double the health and more than double the stamina – with stats matching vanilla Dawnguard huskies like Bran and Sceolang.
Another fantastic feature is the ability to choose whether you want Meeko to look like a Dawnguard husky, an armored husky, or to keep his traditional look.
6. Dog Backpacks
Meeko has the potential to be a strong ally, but there are many ways he can help the Dragonborn on his travels without putting his life on the line.
Dog Backpacks lets you give your favorite doggo one of many convenient backpacks to help carry your burdens.
You can keep it simple with a Rucksack or a Barrel for +30 carry weight or equip a Harness with modular attachments for other benefits. These include a Dog Lantern, a collar, or an amulet.
Not only is it convenient, but it’s one of the only ways to customize the look of your doggo.
5. Meeko’s Shack Reborn
Unless one of your kids has taken a liking to Meeko and asked you to keep them at home, he’ll always return to his old master’s shack whenever you dismiss him.
Not only does this hurt my feelings as his new protector, but it’s extremely sad, considering the shack isn’t all that great (and the corpse stench doesn’t help).
If Meeko doesn’t come to you, maybe you should go to him.
Meeko’s Shack Reborn overhauls the run-down shack into somewhere livable. Its convenient location at the edge of Hjaalmarch makes it the perfect strategic spot to rest, resupply, and visit your dog.
You’ll still have to drag the corpse out yourself, though.
4. Meeko the Ghost Dog
The most common dog-owner complaint is that dogs don’t last a human lifetime.
But what if you could see them again even after they’re gone?
This mod changes history so that Meeko followed in the steps of his deceased master before you even came upon the shack.
Thanks to the intervention of a local necromancer, Meeko remains tethered to the world of the living in a ghostly, transparent form.
Meeko is stronger as a ghost, and you can call upon him whenever you need with the new Summon Meeko spell.
3. True Meeko
Another significant change for the best boy in all of Hjallmarch is True Meeko.
Instead of turning Meeko into a ghost, this mod lets you choose a new appearance based on Dawnguard huskies.
The nine different colors are natural and very well-designed. This helps distinguish them from the huskies – especially the German Shepherd colors.
This mod also makes Meeko essential and a little bit stronger at first. This strength will only keep rising now that Meeko has no level cap.
2. Pet the Dog
One of the most fun things people can do is pet their dogs.
This is true in both real life and computer games.
There’s even a Twitter account with more than 500,000 followers that’s all about finding pets in games.
When Skyrim first came out, games, where you pet dogs, were still pretty rare. You’ll need to download this mod if you want to pet the dogs, including Meeko.
Now, you can help Meeko get over the loss of his previous master.
1. Meeko Reborn
This good boy can become the best boy by playing Meeko Reborn.
This change gives Meeko a bunch of new, badass looks. You can get a bone-armored black dog or a cute little Dwemer with a mechanical leg.
Meeko also becomes important, won’t set off traps or alert enemies, and can be called with a War Horn you can find at his shack.
Author Vaelka also gives makeovers to popular animals in the game, like the horse Frost and the dog Vigilance.