Because of Winn-Dixie
How we cite our quotes:
It's hard not to immediately fall in love with a dog who has a good sense of humor. (1.23)
Isn't that the truth? A sense of humor crosses all barriers and sure makes it easier to like other people (and animals).
He was kind of limping like something was wrong with one of his legs. And I have to admit, he stunk. Bad. He was an ugly dog, but already, I loved him with all my heart. (2.4)
Did Opal love Winn-Dixie so much because she needed him or because he needed her? And is there a difference?
I could see that Winn-Dixie was having a good effect on the preacher. He was making him poke his head out of his shell. (2.23)
Opal loves the preacher, but she keeps her distance because, well, the preacher keeps his distance. Winn-Dixie has no such boundaries. The "No Trespassing" sign on the preacher's turtle shell means nothing to that lovable dog, and even the preacher can't resist it.