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I remember my english teacher in 8th grade said if we finished our work early every day she would read us the book Old Yeller..we were so excited..so at least 2-3 days a week she would read us the book..at the end I had my head on the desk and was sobbing hysterically..(ok I've always been a little emotional) I wasn't the only one crying there were a bunch crying .and not just girls..to this day I still have hard and angry feelings for her..that sadistic bitch..sigh*..I have always said that Walt Disney was a sick and evil man..and proof? one word..BAMBI.. that sonofabitch.

A ShutterBug Explores

Glad your friend adopted the puppies ~ as for Old Yeller ~ children are much more resilient than we are and do need to know that death is part of life ~ there is another book that children actually love entitled, The Dead Bird ~ Even Bambi is sad but one can not shelter children from life ~ It is what it is ~ just my opinion ~

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There is a tempting series of new books offered daily on my FB timeline. However a dog clearly figures largely and neither the author nor any commenters will say if he dies so.....


I so agree. They needed us to come up with our own ending and we'd choose a happy one.

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Linda Brown

I thought the book and the movie were the more horrible things in the whole world. I think I was 7 or 9 at the most and I cried for weeks and weeks and had nightmares for years. Awful.

Brian Frum

The Dad here still has Old Yeller Trauma and he's old. That book and all copies of it should be burnt up along with the movie.


I knew what happened in Old Yeller so never read the book or watched the movie. I did use the line "I take it you've never read Old Yeller" in my first book, The Returns when a character referenced him when wanting to be a hero dog. Haha!


Children can learn about death in far less traumatic ways than a sappy book and movie that have nothing to do with real life.


Although my parents encouraged my sisters to read every book in the library, I think they must have banned us from reading Old Yeller. I experienced a similar trauma when I read Where the Red Fern Grows, but I was around 11 years old. Personally, I think you did them a favor.

Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song

I was just thinking of Ole Yeller today. Hopefully you saved those kids from a trauma they would never get over. I know I haven't.

Tails Around the Ranch

Hopefully the conversation with your friend gave her pause. I know I just cannot bare to watch a movie or read a book where the dog dies. I just can't.

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