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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   Ethan and Hannah appear to have broken up after he went to college. Ethan breaks up with Hannah when he decides he doesn't want her around taking care of him.
   The dog catcher shows up at Ethan's farm and takes Bear away. He is neutered and put up for adoption. A family decides to adopt him, but soon after Ethan shows up and demands to get “his” dog back. Ethan names him Buddy. Ethan brings the dog to the shelter and asks that he be given to a good home. The dog is not neutered. Ethan later changes his mind and adopts the dog from the shelter and names him Buddy.
   Toby is reborn in a kennel to a golden retriever. Toby escapes from the kennel by opening the door, imitating his original mother. He is looking for a place with friendlier humans who will play with him. The dog is re-born to a red retriever at a dog kennel. He escapes after a customer examines him and the cage is left unlatched. He wanders down the road and is picked up by a man in a pickup who thinks he can get money for the dog.
   When Ellie is old and gray she meets Jakob and his daughter. Jakob is happy now with his new family. Ellie is credited for saving Jakob and allowing him to start a new family. This does not happen.
   This does not happen in the book. Ethan is playing with his dad's coin collection. He drops a coin and Bailey swallows it. Ethan is able to retrieve the coin later when Bailey relieves himself. Ethan causes a distraction by yelling “rat” in the dining room so can he gain access to the coin box to replace the coin. The commotion causes the boss' wife to fall onto her face on the dinner table, terribly embarrassing Ethan's father.
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