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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   This does not happen. Bailey is reborn as a large mastiff named Big Dog. He lives with Joe who owns a small store. He meets CJ in the store one day and shakes her hand even though Joe never taught him to shake. CJ leaves, the dog chases after her but stops after a while. Big Dog has a happy life with Joe, but grows old and wanders away to die.
   The dog is re-born as a small yorkie mix. He is sees CJ and runs away to her. The dog is re-born as a small yorkie mix. He is mean to everyone as he is waiting for CJ to find him.
   CJ is living in Barry's apartment and taking care of his dog Duke while he is out promoting a boxer's tour. CJ is also the mistress of a man named Gregg. When Barry returns home, CJ has two weeks to find her own place. She moves into a tiny apartment. Gregg dumps CJ when she refuses to go on a short notice trip with him. He is also not going to leave his wife. CJ introduces max to her boyfriend Barry's dog Duke. CJ is a dog walker and practices on her guitar. Max hates Barry; he chews his shoes and poops/pees in his apartment. By this time even Barry's dog Duke has turned against him. CJ leaves Barry but is homeless.
   CJ is evicted from her tiny apartment. She tells Trent she has to go home to her mother and leaves Max with him. She actually tries to kill herself with pills and antifreeze. This does not happen in the film.
   Trent and Max visit her at the hospital and later brings her home to stay in his apartment guest room. His girlfriend already broken up with him. CJ sees Trent on the street and avoids him. Max runs away from CJ and to Max. Trent and his girlfriend (Liesl) talk to CJ; she is embarrassed to see him as she is homeless. Trent allows her to stay with him in his guest bedroom.
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