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

Drama

(novel and screenplay)

16%
Released: 2012
Author: Cameron, W. Bruce

A Dog's Purpose

84%
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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In the Book In the Movie
   While visiting his grandparents, Ethan is left alone for several days while the others are away. He uses some guns to target shoot and takes the horse (Flare) out for a ride. He is thrown from the horse when it is scared by a snake. Ethan and Bailey get lost trying to find their way home. They are eventually found by a man searching for them. This does not happen.
   Ethan has a new horse named Troy. Jasper the donkey was put down recently after living for 44 years. The donkey is still alive.
   A puppy is born in the woods to his feral mother along with his siblings, Fast, Hungry and Sister. When he is several weeks old his mother and brothers are captured and brought to a woman (Senora) who runs an unlicensed dog pound; she names him Toby. When a new aggressive dog is introduced to the pound, Toby and others are injured in a fight. The dogs are seized and sent to a kennel where several of them including Toby are deemed un-adoptable and euthanized. A puppy is born to his feral mother along with un-named siblings in the woods near a town. The dog enjoys his first weeks of life until he is captured by a dog catcher. He is euthanized (not shown) immediately.
   Ethan comes to Hannah's house to get Buddy an hour later. He expresses condolences for Hannah's loss of her husband 15 years ago. She tells him she moved back into town two years ago. He invites her for dinner at his place. Hannah drives Buddy home to Ethan. He expresses condolences for Hannah's loss of her husband 15 years ago. She tells him she moved back into town two months ago. Ethan after some hesitation asks Hannah out on a date. They kiss.
   Maya is Jakob's replacement. She takes Ellie to her place to live along with Stella, Tinkerbell (who likes Ellie) and Emmett the cats. She is in poor shape compared to Jakob. This does not happen.
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