Cannery Row

Who is Darling from Cannery Row and what is their importance?

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Darling is a bird dog puppy given to Mack and the boys by the captain during their frog-hunting expedition on his land, Darling quickly has the run of the Palace Flophouse and Grill. With five owners differing on how to train a puppy, Darling goes untrained until she tires of making puddles and begins going outside. Following the abortive party for Doc, Darling comes down with distemper and is saved only by force-feeding. Her recovery seems to snap Cannery Alley out of its general malaise, and Mack and the boys spearhead a second party for Doc, ostensibly on his birthday. Darling gets a bath and red ribbon for the occasion.