Old Yeller is a dog in the novel Old Yeller. Old Yeller is a 1956 children's novel by Fred Gipson, which received a Newbery Honor in 1969. It was illustrated by Carl Burger. The title is taken from the name of the big brown dog who is the center of the book's story. In 1957 Walt Disney released a film adaptation starring Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire, Tommy Treagel, Kevin Corcoran, Jeff York, and Beverly Washburn.
The book ends when Yeller becomes exposed to rabies while defending the family from a rabies-infested wolf and Travis is forced to shoot the dog. Old Yeller's puppy helps him get over Old Yeller's death. Yeller's puppy becomes the title character of the 1962 movie sequel, Savage Sam. There is also a third book, "Little Arliss", set after the first two and starring Travis's younger brother.