Le jeune Billy a toujours rêvé d'avoir un chien. Pas n'importe quel chien, pas un seul chien. Billy rêve d'avoir deux chiens de raton laveur et de les élever pour chasser. Billy travaille et travaille pour économiser de l'argent pour s'acheter ces chiens, et n'a aucune idée de la vraie valeur qu'ils apporteront à sa vie.
Well there they are. What do you think of them?
It is a great honor to present you with this championship cup.
Young Billy has always dreamed of having a dog. Not just any dog, and not just one dog. Billy dreams of having two raccoon hounds and raising them to hunt. Billy works and works to save money to buy himself these dogs and has no idea the true value that they will bring to his life.
Billy desperately wants hunting dogs, but his family cannot afford it. Billy works odd jobs for two years in order to save enough money to buy his two hunting dogs. When he has enough money, he walks into town and purchases two pups, who he names Old Dan and Little Ann.
The dogs are natural hunters and become well known in the area. Billy enters the dogs in a raccoon hunting contest and they win money as a prize.
It's the sacred red fern!
After the contest, Billy and the dogs are hunting and come across a mountain lion. The dogs save Billy’s life by fighting off the mountain lion, and Old Dan is very badly injured.
Old Dan dies from his injuries, and Billy is devastated. Little Ann is heartbroken and refuses to eat. She loses her will to live and dies while lying across Old Dan’s grave.
The family is able to move further into town due to the money the dogs won from the hunting competition. Before they move, Billy visits the dogs’ graves and sees that a sacred red fern has grown in between them.
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