I have roots here!! Can't deny it, the side of town there cowboy hats, spurs, and riding your horse to your friend's house is still the norm. Not to mention I have started saying Darlin' an Y'all WTF is with that? lol
I think Lennie can also be tied to the symbol of the dog. In the book Lennie's loyalty to George is similar to that of a dog, like when George says, "I turns to Lennie and says, 'Jump in.' An' he jumps." Another way dogs symbolize Lennie in the book was that Lennie and Candy's dog were both shot to prevent suffering.