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


A Dog's Journey

Released: 2012
Author: W. Bruce Cameron

A Dog's Journey

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
Portrayed by: Henry Lau
Portrayed by: Jake Manley
A Dog's Journey Book vs Movie
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   The dog is re-born as Molly. A teenaged CJ adopts Molly; her friend Trent adopts a puppy he names Rocky. CJ is attached to Molly right away as Molly seemed to choose her. The dog is reborn as Molly. She is the last one adopted. He sees CJ as a ten year old girl at the home and runs to her. CJ adopts her; she lies that her mother Gloria likes dogs. CJ sneaks Molly into her home. A boy named Trent adopts a Puppy named Rocky. They train the puppies together.
   CJ hides Molly in the house until her mom goes away for work. Goria nearly discovers Molly in the house, but CJ is able to get Trent to take her for a while. Gloria discovers Molly after the truant officer confronts her about CJ missing school. CJ and Gloria argue a lot over Molly and how poor a mother Gloria is. Gloria eventually discovers Molly in her house. CJ argues with her mom and is able to keep the dog after she says Molly protects her when Gloria leaves CJ alone at home most nights.
   CJ gave Shane a key to a classroom at school to look at an art exam. He actually stole computers and CJ was arrested for it. Gloria neglected Molly while CJ was in juvenile jail. Trent brought Molly home with him. CJ is suspended from school. She is sent to help train service dogs as community service. a woman named Andie trains the dogs to signal if they smell cancer on a person. Molly learns by watching the other dogs and for treats. CJ is at a party with Shane that is busted by the police. She is separated from Molly who ends up at the pound. Trent rescues her from the pound. CJ is assigned community service at a kennel where dogs are trained to detect cancer. Molly learns from the other dogs how to signal. She is rewarded for it.
   At a party, Molly smells cancer on a woman and signals. CJ tells the guest that she might have cancer; she leaves the party upset. This makes Gloria mad. This does not happen in the film.
   Gloria's boyfriend tries to molest CJ, Molly attacks him. Gloria blames CJ for losing another boyfriend. This does not happen in the film.
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