by Fred Gipson
Travis is given the responsibility of caring for his family while Pa is gone on the cattle drive. He is about 14 years old and is now the man of the house. He attempts to imitate Pa to establish his new role in the family. This is working until a big, ole yeller dog appears on the scene.
Old Yeller is a thieving dog which adopts himself into the family. He earns their love with his loyalty and courage. He only learns the love of Travis when he saves Lil' Arliss from the mama bear attack. Travis realizes that without Old Yeller he will not be able to care for the family all by himself.