The Grapes of Wrath

What is the significance of the death of the Joads' dog at this early stage in the family's travels?

Chapter 13

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Even early in the journey the Joads suffer a tragic loss, if one less significant than an actual family member. The family dog becomes the first victim on the journey. Its early demise, dying before the Joads even reach the Oklahoma border, foreshadows further losses that the family may suffer.