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


(novel and screenplay)

Released: 2012
Author: Cameron, W. Bruce

A Dog's Purpose

Released: 2017
Director: Hallström, Lasse
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Portrayed by: John Ortiz
Portrayed by: K. J. Apa
Portrayed by: Kirby Howell-Baptiste
Portrayed by: Britt Robertson
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   Ellie knows she is dying when she is brought to the vet to be put down. The dog grows old with Maya and dies happy.
   The dog is born to black Labrador national field champions but is the last to be adopted/sold. He feels like a bad dog for being re-born again and again. The dog is re-born as a large mixed breed and sold by a family in a parking lot.
   A man named Derek buys the dog for his girlfriend Wendi at a cut rate price of $250. He is named Bear. Wendi does not properly care for or train Bear. Dogs are not allowed in Wendi's apartment so she is evicted. Wendi gives Bear to her mother (Lisa) who lives in a house with her abusive boyfriend Victor. A woman named Wendi buys the dog but is required by her boyfriend to keep him tied up in the yard where he grows up very lonely.
   A neighbor pities Bear and feeds him meat through the fence. She later calls the police to complain about animal cruelty. Lisa and Victor are fined $50. Victor takes Bear for a ride in the car trunk then abandons him miles from home. The police give the couple a citation for mistreating the dog. The boyfriend takes the dog away in his pickup truck telling Wendi that he will find it a new home. He abandons the dog instead.
   Bear tries to track Victor's car, but loses it. He attempts to find a town with people/food and a family. He ends up near the place where he and Ethan had been found by searchers years before. The dog recognizes that he has been in this place before.
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Thank you for the details of the cat. I was going by memory when I wrote the page. I updated the entry. -Ranb
07 Feb 2017 Ranb
. . . adding much to the overall story. The grandparents had nothing to do with Ethan's immediate family's cats; I'm pretty sure I remember there having been a shy cat, a barn cat, at the Farm. This cat wasn't memorable, either.
01 Feb 2017 Anonymous
In the book, Ethan's family has a cat named Smokey. Smokey eventually dies, and the humans bury him, and Bailey mentions that on the following day, he decides to dig the cat up. He couldn't understand why they'd buried a perfectly good dead cat. But this is just an aside, only one (short) paragraph, and we don't hear about any repercussions of Bailey's grave-robbing exploit. Some time later, Ethan gave his mother a replacement cat. This cat was Felix. I don't recall Felix adding much to
01 Feb 2017 Anonymous
There absolutely is a cat in the book.
01 Feb 2017 Anonymous

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