Who are the characters in the book Old Yeller?

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Travis Coates, a fourteen-year-old boy, is the main character in the book. He is left to take care of his mother, who he calls Mama, and little brother, Arliss (who is five) while his father, Papa, is on a cattle drive to make money. Old Yeller is the mangy dog who arrives at the ranch and who Little Arliss insists the family adopt. The dog later becomes invaluable to the Coates family. Another character is Bud Searcy, a man who spits a lot of tobacco juice and relies on people to ask him to dinner. Travis's mother describes Bud as "shiftless" and doesn't particularly like him. Lisbeth is his smart and observant granddaughter who Travis likes. Finally, Burn Sanderson is Old Yeller's former owner who lets the Coates family keep Old Yeller in return for one of Mama's home-cooked meals.

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

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Travis is the main character, and other characters are his Papa, his Mother, his old dog Bell, Old Yeller and Old Yeller's pup , and Little Arliss (his little brother)