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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   Ethan does not appear in the book. Max dies soon after Trent recovers from cancer. Ethan dies of old age while Max lies next to him. Max eventually dies of old age several years later.
   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 enters the nursing home suffering from dementia. CJ, now an old woman herself helps care for her mother. Gloria never had a heart warming reunion with CJ. Toby is reunited with CJ. Trent died a few years ago. CJ had a kidney transplant that lasted 20 years but is now back on dialysis, This does not happen in the film.
   Eventually Gloria dies. Years later CJ enters the nursing home as a patient. She ends her own life by stopping dialysis. She dies with Toby by her side never knowing he was Molly, or Max. This does not happen in the film.
   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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