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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   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.
   Gloria never changes and never asks to be in CJ's life again. CJ does not perform in public. Trent recovers from his cancer. CJ meets her mom. Gloria has changed; she is no longer drinking. She apologizes to CJ and asks to be a part of her life again. CJ is hesitant. CJ takes her mother's advice and performs at a club. Her music is well received.
   Trent takes CJ to visit Hannah and her family at the farm. They have a very nice visit. CJ and Trent try to visit Gloria, but she had moved away the year before. Trent and CJ marry soon after. Trent drives CJ and Max to meet a very elderly Ethan and Hannah. Max runs into the house and meets Ethan. They do not recognize CJ at first. Ethan insists on calling CJ's dog Bailey. Hannah talks about how Ethan thinks every dog in their life is a re-incarnated Bailey.
   This does not happen in the book. Ethan convinces CJ that Max is the re-born Bailey.
   CJ cannot have children due to her failing kidneys due to her attempted suicide. CJ eventually needs dialysis. CJ and Trent get married and have a baby. Gloria is back in their lives and everyone is happy.
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