What's the Difference between (novel and screenplay) the Book and A Dog's Purpose the Movie?

Drama

(novel and screenplay)

17%
Released: 2012
Author: Cameron, W. Bruce

A Dog's Purpose

83%
Released: 2017
Director: Hallström, Lasse
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Jakob
Carlos
Portrayed by: John Ortiz
Ethan
Ethan
Portrayed by: K. J. Apa
Maya
Maya
Portrayed by: Kirby Howell-Baptiste
Hannah
Hannah
Portrayed by: Britt Robertson
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A Dog's Purpose Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   When the family's cat dies it is buried. Bailey later digs it up. After coming back from summer vacation at the grandparents, Bailey finds the family's dead cat and runs around with it.
   One day while Ethan is working the farm, Buddy walks to the park and sees Carly with her owner (Rachel). Buddy follows them back to a house where Hannah eventually walks out to see Buddy. Rachel is Hannah's daughter. Hannah reads Buddy collar tag and sees that he belongs to Ethan. Buddy decides to look for Hannah. He goes to the park and finds the yellow dog (Carly) and follows her owner home where he meets Hannah. Hannah sees that the tag identifies Buddy as belonging to Ethan.
   Maya and Ellie go to El Salvador (2001) to assist locating people after an Earthquake. She finds mostly dead people. Sometimes Vernon hides so she can find someone alive. This does not happen. Vernon is not in the movie.
   Ethan Montgomery and his family name the dog Bailey. Bailey goes through all of the trials a puppy normally goes through, housebreaking and learning manners. He is neutered by the vet. Ethan calls him doodle dog when he is bad or when he wants to tease him. Ethan's father sternly warns him that he is responsible for the dog. Ethan Montgomery and his family name the dog Bailey. Ethan calls him boss dog or doodle dog. He is not neutered.
   Ellie's first job after training is to find a missing Alzheimer's patient (Marilyn). This does not happen.
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