What's the Difference between A Dog's Journey the Book and A Dog's Journey the Movie?

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A Dog's Journey

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Released: 2012
Author: W. Bruce Cameron

A Dog's Journey

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Released: 2019
Director: Gail Mancuso
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Ethan Montgomery
Portrayed by: Dennis Quaid
Hannah Montgomery
Hannah Montgomery
Portrayed by: Marg Helgenberger
Gloria Mitchel
Gloria Mitchel
Portrayed by: Betty Gilpin
Clarity June "CJ" Montgomery
Clarity June "CJ" Montgomery
Portrayed by: Kathryn Prescott
Trent
Trent
Portrayed by: Henry Lau
Shane
Shane
Portrayed by: Jake Manley
A Dog's Journey Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   Trent gets cancer (CJ recognizes Max's signal as being like Molly's) after he is married to CJ later on. He had already broken up with his previous girlfriend prior to CJ moving in. Trent comes home very tired one day. Max smells cancer on him and sits crossed legged like he did at the cancer research facility. CJ recognizes that Trent may have a problem and tells him to see a doctor. Trent's girlfriend can't handle this so she leaves him.
   The dog is reborn as a beagle named Toby. He is adopted by a nun who trains him to be a therapy dog at a nursing home, Toby sits with people and keeps them calm. He can sense when they are near death. Max goes to doggie heaven. He is seen running through a field appearing as he had in his past lives. He knows that loving people is his purpose and loving them forever was his reward. He sees Ethan in heaven and plays with him.
   Gloria and CJ argue. Gloria wants to get rid of Molly. CJ threatens to tell the court how poor a mother Gloria is and get her thrown in jail. Gloria first tries to poison molly, then brings her to a dog shelter claiming the dog is lost. Molly is chipped; CJ is called and picks up Molly and learns Gloria brought her to the shelter. This does not happen in the film.
   The story in the book spans about 70 to 80 years from CJ as an infant until her death in old age. The film spans about 30 years from CJ as an infant until her middle age years.
   Toby lived for a while longer then became sick from old age and was euthanized. He entered doggie heaven and saw all the important people in his previous lives including Ethan, Hannah, Andie, CJ, Jakob and the others he loved and saved. The dog only meets Ethan in heaven.
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