In Of Mice and Men, why doesn't Candy want to kill his dog?

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Many people become attached to pets and don't want to have them "put to sleep" when they are old and sick. The whole business about Candy's dog was put into the story to establish that there was a gun available, so that George could steal it and use it later to kill Lennie . Carlson explains where to point the gun so that the dog's death will be painless, and so George knows where to point it when he shoots Lennie. Furthermore, Carlson cleans the Luger carefully after using it, and George is able to see exactly how the German automatic pistol works and where it is kept under Carlson's bunk....

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crystaltu001 | Student

Candy does not want to kill his dog because that dog has been with him ever since he was young. He is also upset that they said his dog is old and useless and Candy is worried that it could be him that is old and useless. 

kath555554444 | Student

Candy doesn't want to kill his dog because his dog has been with Candy for a long time and his dog has helped him a lot around the farm. 

Candy also is upset that his dog (that is old and weak) is going to die when Candy is just as old and weak.