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A Dog’s Purpose Movie Quick Overview

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“A Dog’s Purpose” is a rich movie with a blend of emotions that really makes viewers weep. A dog over course of his life discovers his purpose by making people love and laugh.

If you own a dog and it makes you happy, we really recommend you to watch this movie!

Do you keep a dog who makes you smile at the moment you are sad or cuddles you when try to weep? When your dog plays and you watch it from a distance and think “He really makes me happy.’’ 

Is it the purpose of a dog’s life? 

GenreDrama, Fantasy, Comedy
Original LanguageEnglish
DirectorLasse Hallstrom
WritersW. Bruce Camerson, Catryn Michon, Audrey Wells, Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarksy
ProducerGavin Polone
Run Time120 Minutes
Release Year2017
Josh GadVoice of Bailey, Buddo, Tino, Ellie
Bryce GheisarEthan (Child)
K.J.AppaEthan (teen)
Peggy LiptonHannah (Adult)
Denis QuaidEthan (Adult)
Juliet RylanceEthan’s mother
Gabrielle RoseGrandma (Fran)
Brit RobertsonHannah (Teen)
Luke KirbyEthan’s Father
Logan MillerTodd
Micheal BofsheverGrandpa (Bill)
Kirby Howell BaptisteMayya
Pooch HallAl
John OrtizCarlos

A Dog’s Purpose Summary

A Dogs Purpose Book A Novel for Humans
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A puppy is born in the 1950s, curious to know what life’s purpose is. Weeks later, he is dragged away to the dog pound and left to die, making him wonder if “fun” is the actual purpose of life.

In 1961, his powerful spirit is reborn and reborn as a Retriever puppy. He escapes from his pet shop cage and is discovered by two garbage collectors who intend to sell him. They go to get some water, and the dog is discovered locked inside their truck by a young boy named Ethan and his mother, who saves him from sunstroke.

 Ethan adopts the dog and renames him “Bailey”. Bailey and Ethan quickly become friends.

The dog is brought to a nearby engraver, who creates a  metal badge with the name Bailey on one side and Ethan on the other. Bailey is shown walking around the house and neighborhood, as well as living life with the house cat, to whom Bailey is offering ‘dog lessons.

In 1961, his powerful spirit is reborn and reborn as a Retriever puppy. He escapes from his pet shop cage and is discovered by two garbage collectors who intend to sell him. They go to get some water, and the dog is discovered locked inside their truck by a young boy named Ethan and his mother, who saves him from sunstroke. 

Ethan adopts the dog and renames him “Bailey”. Bailey and Ethan quickly become friends.

The dog is brought to a nearby engraver, who creates a  metal badge with the name Bailey on one side and Ethan on the other. Bailey is shown walking around the house and neighborhood, as well as living life with the house cat, to whom Bailey is offering ‘dog lessons.

Time passes, and Ethan’s father becomes an abusive drunk after several failed attempts to advance in his job. Ethan meets Hannah at a fair with Bailey one summer, and they quickly begin dating. They spend their summers together and have been doing so since they were in high school. They intend to attend the same college. 

One night at home, Ethan’s drunken father becomes abusive to both his mother and him. Ethan tells him to depart and never come back. Ethan is later offered a full scholarship to Michigan State during a football game attended by scouts. Todd, a vengeful classmate, throws a lit firecracker into Ethan’s house that night, causing a house fire.

Ethan and his mom start leaving at his grandpa’s farm. Ethan leaves to study at an agricultural university. Bailey misses him, feels sick, and departs at last!

Bailey is brought to life as a female German Shepherd puppy, going to grow into a police dog called Ellie while fully remembering her previous lives. Ellie lives with lonely, divorced Chicago Police Department officer Carlos Ruiz and works really hard at “seeking” and “finding,” now seeing a job as her life’s purpose. They form a strong bond, which ends when Ellie saves a missing girl from drowning and is shot dead by the kidnapper while guarding Carlos.

Bailey is reborn as a male Corgi and adopted by Atlanta college student Maya, who names him Tino. She is lonely and tries to find her happiness. Maya meets Al, a classmate. They get married and have three children. Tino is heartbroken when Roxy (Al’s female dog) does not return from the vet on time. Tino, now elderly, thanks to Maya for giving him one of his best lives as he dies.

Bailey borns again as a puppy, this time as an Australian Shepherd. Waffles is the name he was given by Wendi when he was first adopted. Unfortunately, Wendi’s husband refuses to let her keep him inside the home and eventually abandons him after several years. Waffles seek a new life, slowly returning to the town where he spent summers as Bailey. He is overjoyed to see his old master Ethan, now more than sixty years old and all alone on his grandparents’ old farm, now belongs to him. Ethan takes him to the local animal shelter, not recognizing him, but later takes back him and names him Buddy. Buddy meets up Ethan with divorced Hannah, feeling that he has finally found his purpose.

Bailey Rescued
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Bailey is saved by Ethan and his mother. Ethan adopts him and they get in a strong bond.
Bailey Reunites with ethan
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Bailey reunites with Ethan after Ethan’s father locked Bailey in scrap room.
Ethan and Bailey's Emotional Hug
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Ethan leaves house to join a university. Bailey rushes and follows his car. At last Ethan sees him and they hug!
Bailey's Death in A Dog's Purpose
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Bailey breaths his last after few days Ethan is far from home.
Ethan and Hannah Relationship
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Ethan and Hannah get in a relationship because of Bailey!
Bailey as Ellie
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Bailey reborns as Ellie, a Millitary Dog adopted by a police officer.
Bailey as Tino
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Bailey reborns as Tino, adopted by Maya. They become good friends.
Bailey as Waffle
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Bailey, reborns as Waffle adopted by Wendi.
Bailey Searches for Ethan
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Bailey becomes old and searches for Ethan.
Bailey Reunites Ethan
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Bailey reunites with Ethan!
Bailey have toy in mouth
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Bailey fetches the toy from store room with whom he and Ethan used to play when they were young!
Ethan and Bailey Playing
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Bailey and Ethan playing together (Young and Old Version)

Bailey spends many lives, and his purpose of life every single time is making humans happy. That’s the true love of a dog for its owner. We can forget our dogs over the course of time but the little loving creature never forgets his owner. 

The best therapist is a dog, who makes you happy at the time you are sad, snaps you out of your bad mood, and cuddles you when you want to cry!

A dog’s purpose is holy, as humans, we can also try to love the dogs as they love us. Print paws on heart!

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Who is telling the story in “A Dog’s Purpose”?

Dog’s Purpose story is told by a dog named Bailey voiced by Josh Gad.

What happens at the last of “A Dog’s Purpose”?

At the last of the movie, Bailey finds Ethan in his 60s at his grandfather’s farm. He s overjoyed to see his master and rushes to him. Bailey reunites Hannah and Ethan and thinks he has found his purpose in life.

Is “Dog’s Purpose” available on Netflix?

A Dogs Purpose is not available on American Netflix. If you want to watch the movie you can use any other Netflix like Canada Netflix.

How many times did Bailey die in “A Dog’s Purpose”?

Bailey dies four times in “A Dog’s Purpose” reborn every time with a new life remembering his old life.

Do dogs have sense of purpose?

All creatures have their role to play on this Earth. Yes, Dogs also have a sense of purpose. They care for beings, especially elderly people and children. You love them and in return they love you.

What is the main idea of “A Dog’s Purpose”?

In the movie “A Dog’s Purpose” a dog Bailey is reborn many times as a different dog and discovers his purpose in life at the end when he meets his old master and reunites him with his love Hannah.

How Bailey reacts to “Boss Dog”?

Ethan calls Bailey “Boss Dog” and he reacts to it by barking loudly. It seems he liked this title.

Is there Dog’s Purpose 2?

The movie “A Dog’s Journey” is released in 2019 which is a sequel to “ A Dog’s Purpose”.

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