travis coates and his family live near the salt licks, in Texas. Traviss' dad (pa) leaves to go on a cattle run to get the family money. He leaves travis in charge while he is gone
An "Old Yeller" Dog robs the coates family of some deer meat. While little arliss loves "Old Yeller" and the mom seeems ok with him, travis is not fond of him.
After Little Arliss starts screaming, travis finds him in a perdicament. He has grabbed a baby bear and Little Arliss is being charged by a mamma bear. After Old yeller comes to the rescue and saves Little Arliss, travis can't love him enough giving him food, and opetting him all day long to show his appreciation.
Old Yeller is Bitten by mad wolf while protecting Ma and Lizbeth. Afterwards Ma and Travis Have A long Conversation and decide to shoot Old Yeller "just to be sure".
Travis Calls Old Yeller out of the house, puts the gun to Old Yeller's Head, and shoots him to make sure he doesn't get hydrophobia.
Travis has a numb feeling that doesnt go away. Hydrophobis dies out, Travis's dad comes back home, and Travis starts to get better once he sees the blue speckled pup steal a chunk of cornbread.