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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   Bear plays with other dogs at a park and later in the day meets a yellow dog (Carly) with Hannah's scent on her. Bear lives on food in trash cans at the park then decides to find Hannah and Ethan. The dog wanders around and finds a dog park where he meets a fluffy yellow dog that has a familiar smell on her.
   Bear lives at the park until the police show up to capture him. Bear tracks follows the scent of Jasper (Ethan's grandfather's donkey) to the farm where he finds Ethan as a middle aged/older man. He is semi-retired and working the farm. The dog tracks the scent of the donkey (horse-dog) to the family farm where he sees Ethan as an old man. He runs up and jumps on him.
   Ethan of course doesn't recognize Bear/Bailey and keeps him out of the house. Ethan later feeds Bear who stays at the farm. Ethan feeds the dog and then tells him to go away. The dog stays on the porch.
   Ethan has a new horse named Troy. Jasper the donkey was put down recently after living for 44 years. The donkey is still alive.
   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.
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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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