No reason a blue pet should melee harder than a melee class with a MP 2hander, but they do.
Homies BigLoco 50 SM, Upto NoGood 50 SB, Guzzolene 50 Thane, Phalanges 50 BD
Sheelba 50ranger, Babymetal 50hero, Mouser 50ns, Ningauble 50mentalcase
I play in a group though so also get some heals etc.
People still avoid me and leave me until last as it just takes way too long to kill me, if that's true in a group I don't see how it's any less true for solo