Candy's once powerful sheepdog is now old and useless. Carlson's killing of the dog makes it clear that during the Depression only the strong survive. The way in which Carlson kills the dog—with a gunshot to the back of the head—foreshadows Lennie's death and likens Lennie to Candy's dog: they're both powerless, innocent, and doomed.
Candy's Dog Quotes in Of Mice and Men
The Of Mice and Men quotes below all refer to the symbol of Candy's Dog. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Books edition of Of Mice and Men published in 1993.).
Part 3 Quotes
"Carl's right, Candy. That dog ain't no good to himself. I wisht somebody'd shoot me if I got old an' a cripple."
Candy's Dog Symbol Timeline in Of Mice and Men
The timeline below shows where the symbol Candy's Dog appears in Of Mice and Men. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.