Where the Red Fern Grows

Explain how Billy comes up with the names of his dogs.

In chapter 6, how does Billy come up with the names for his dogs. 

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While at the fisherman's camp where he found the magazine ad for the dogs, he sees the names "Dan" and "Ann" carved inside a heart on a tree trunk. He decides to call the male dog "Old Dan" and the female dog "Little Ann." Billy feels the coincidence of finding the names here happened with the help of an "unseen power."