Welcome to Week 2 of the Online Book Club discussion of Old Yeller!
The Online Book Club, in case you’re joining us for the first time, is an online book discussion that takes place every month. This month, we’re reading and watching Old Yeller by Fred Gipson. Each Monday of the month, I’ll write a new blog post talking about different parts of the book, and you can leave your thoughts in the comments. Feel free to comment along even if you haven’t read as far as I have, or if you’ve just watched the movie!
I have to confess that I am having a really hard time getting through this book because I can’t stop thinking about my own dog as I read. This is Maeby (named after the character, Maeby, from the television show, Arrested Development.)
Maeby is an Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix, so she has a naturally docked tail. When I read descriptions of Old Yeller and how he wiggles his stump tail, I immediately think of my Maeby. I don’t like imagining her fighting a bear!
The thing that struck me most as I was reading these first five chapters was how different Old Yeller’s life was from Maeby’s life. Maeby definitely lives a life of leisure—she wakes up, plays around the house, plays at the park across the street, and takes several naps. But Old Yeller lives a life of adventure. He protects the family from charging bulls, and he fights off a mama bear.
Old Yeller is expected to pull his weight around the farm and has to prove himself to be useful before Travis will accept him. That is definitely not the mindset that my husband and I had when choosing our dog!
So, what do you think of the book so far? Do any of you have pets that keep coming to mind as you read about Old Yeller? Does your pet’s life look anything like Old Yeller’s life?
I hope you’ll leave a comment below. Let me know what you think, especially if you’re watching the movie as well as reading the book. See you next week!