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It was the 'pet' of a traveller. When the traveller died, this damn dog just plopped its furry ass down on my doorstep and wouldn't leave.Phil

Solve Phil's Canine Conundrum is an unmarked quest in Fallout.

Quick walkthrough

Unmarked Quest: Solve Phil's Canine Conundrum
Go to Phil's house.
Talk to Phil about the doggie.
Wear a leather jacket.
Give the dog some iguana on a stick.
Reward: 100 XP
Dogmeat as a companion

Detailed walkthrough

To start this quest, the Vault Dweller needs to go to the Casino area of Junktown. To the right of the entrance area, there is a pair of people trying, unsuccessfully, to enter their house. The reason they cannot enter is that Dogmeat is blocking the door.

Simply wearing a leather jacket (which will remind the dog of its former master) or giving the pooch some iguana-on-a-stick will solve the quest and let the couple enter their house.

Rewards

Notes

In the Fallout Demo, Dogmeat didn't play a role in this quest. A unique dog, simply named "Dog," was found here instead, and the only option to get it as a companion was to feed it iguana bits (which appear as "on-a-stick").

Behind the scenes

  • The quest is a reference to the movie Mad Max 2. In the movie, Max wears a black leather jacket and is accompanied by a dog that strongly resembles Dogmeat.
    • Phil describes Dogmeat's previous owner as "a tall, dark-haired guy with a little graying around the edges, dressed all in black leather, and carrying a shotgun." This description matches all of Max's characteristics in Mad Max 2.
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