Dog Quote: “You can always trust a dog that likes peanut butter” – Kate DiCamillo Because of Winn-Dixie
Q: Where did you get the idea for Because of Winn-Dixie?
A: I wrote Because of Winn-Dixie during the worst winter on record in Minnesota. I was cold and lonely and homesick for Florida (where I grew up). I couldn’t afford to go home, but I could write a book that took me there.
Also, it was the first time in my life that I had been without a dog. I was living in an apartment where no dogs were allowed, but there weren’t any rules about imaginary dogs. So I made a dog up, the best dog I could think of: a smelly, friendly, big old mutt
Q: Do you have a dog? Is his name Winn-Dixie?
A: I am the proud aunt of a dog whose name is . . . Henry. I travel a lot, so I’m not home enough to have a dog. When I am home, Henry visits on a regular basis. He is a terrier-poodle mix and he thinks very highly of himself.