Palmer faced one major obstacle in his struggle to stand up for what he believed was right: loss of respect. Not only would he lose the respect of his father, who was a one-time winner of the much coveted sharpshooter award, he would also lose the respect of his 'friends' in the gang who had taken him in and even named him Snots, a name Palmer was proud of. Palmer’s challenges get harder when he adopts Nipper and has to hide him from his family and friends for fear that upon discovery he would lose the respect and acceptance he has struggled to obtain. In the end, however, Palmer publicly saves a wounded Nipper to everybody’s disappointment during the annual Family Fest, the climax of which is the pigeon shoot. He does so in the presence of everybody in spite of the repercussions.