Candy is similar to his dog in multiple ways. Both are old and limited in their abilities. Candy lost his hand on the job years ago. Due to his old age and disability, he has outlived his usefulness as far as society and his employers are concerned. He is allowed...
Candy is similar to his dog in multiple ways. Both are old and limited in their abilities. Candy lost his hand on the job years ago. Due to his old age and disability, he has outlived his usefulness as far as society and his employers are concerned. He is allowed to do small, non-laborious tasks on the ranch, but Candy knows that he is dispensable and he fears what will happen to him when he completely ceases to be of use to his employers. This is the reason he wants in on George and Lennie's plan to buy their own property. Between his age and limitations, Candy will not be able to find another job or place to live. He says,
You seen what they done to my dog tonight? They say he wasn't no good to himself nor nobody else. When they can me here I wisht somebody'd shoot me. But they won't do nothing like that. I won't have no place to go, an' I can't get no more jobs.
Much like his owner, Candy's dog is old and disabled. He was a sheep herder when he was younger, but is now old, frail, missing teeth and physically limited due to rheumatism. He is barely able to walk and no longer able to work as a sheep herder.
George and Lennie are different in many ways, but similar in that they are both poor farm workers who have each other to rely on and a shared dream of one day owning their own property and working for themselves.
Candy's relationship with his dog parallels George's relationship with Lennie. Just as Candy has his dog as a constant companion, Lennie is a companion to George. Lennie is helpless and looks to George to guide and care for him, just as the dog looks to Candy for guidance and care. Both Candy and George love their companions despite the difficulties of caring for them. The death of Candy's dog foreshadows Lennie's death, as well as George's need to carry it out himself. Soon after his dog's death, Candy says,
I oughtta of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn't oughtta of let no stranger shoot my dog.