One of the most unique traits of American culture is the emphasis given to the bonds between dogs and humans, specifically boys or young men. Examples of this include Lassie, Benji, Where the Red Fern Grows, Call of the Wild, and this classic from the mid 20th century: Old Yeller. Set in farm country, the story revolves around a 14 year old boy who is left alone with his mom and younger brother for a year while the father is of getting money driving cattle. Our protagonist encounters a big yellow dog that is adopted by the family. Old Yeller, as the dog is called, soon proves his worth and becomes an integral part of the family. Tragically, the book ends with our protagonist having to kill Old Yeller after the dog gets into a deadly fight with a rabid wolf. But like other children stories, this one has a happy ending as the family adopts Old Yeller's progeny. Overall, the book takes under 2 hours to read, and is quite enjoyable.