They Cage the Animals at Night Questions and Answers
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How did Jennings overcome his struggles? What inspires Jennings?

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Jennings overcomes his struggles through sheer will and inspiration from an unlikely source: a stuffed dog named Doggie. The stuffed animal doesn't originally belong to Jennings. Instead, it was the property of the Home of the Angels. The nuns hand out individual stuffed toys to the children at night.

After the children fall asleep, the nuns always retrieve the stuffed animals. For his part, Jennings took such a liking to Doggie that he eventually "adopts" the toy....

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