Goodreads asked Ellen Cooney:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Ellen Cooney "The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances" first came to me literally like a cartoon of a lightbulb suddenly self-illuminating over my head, as I was sitting one day with my adopted rescued dog, Skip, in my lap, patting him and telling him I wasn't ever going to give up on loving him and believing in him, even though he was so screwed up due to his past, and so difficult to teach (and so difficult to "civilize," for he was pretty much feral when he came to me). I knew I wanted to write about teaching and learning and love and keeping one's eyes on the future. How I'd go about it took a while, but once I was in it, I really went with it.
Ellen Cooney

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