To Build a Fire

what purpose does the dog serve in "To Build A Fire"?

Why does he bring the dog a long with him? What is the dog doing? And how is he a benefit?

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The man sees his dog only as a servant. He ends up using the dog to test thin ice spots for him. He would rather his dog get wet and frozen than him. In the end the man attempts to kill his dog to warm himself. The dog, however, is much more adept to the climate than the man.