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  • Bryce Dallas Howard is set to star as the voice of the dog Bella in the movie
  • The dog that plays the adult version of Bella is named Shelby and she was a rescue dog. She was found living in a junkyard in Tennessee.
  • Despite the title and having the same book author, this is not sequel to A Dog's Purpose (2017). However, Universal Pictures is planning to release a sequel to that film titled A Dog's Journey (2019) which was released the same year as this film.
  • The coyotes in this film are really coywolves which are a wolf-coyote hybrid. Regular wolves that inhabit northwestern American states (including Alaska), northern portions of the Great Lakes region and Canada are gray/grey and white while coyotes have brown, tan, gray/grey and white fur. Both canid species are rarely black. Coyotes that are partially wolves inhabit northeastern American states and eastern Canada.
  • The trailer has been widely criticised, as it clearly shows the entire film's highlights, including the ending.
  • Both dogs and cats appear in this movie, and are central to the plot, despite the film being titled "A Dog's Way Home," making no reference to a Cat.
  • Though this film was entirely shot in Canada's western province British Columbia, the setting is in Colorado which is a northwestern American state. The specific cities for its plot are Denver, Durango and Gunnison.
  • This drama film features two remarkable North American ungulates that can only be found in either northern or western American states which are moose and bison. Moose are also present in Alaska and every Canadian province while bison are only present in Alaska's boreal forests and Canada's prairie provinces (Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta) as well as its territories (specifically Yukon and Northwest Territories).
  • WILHELM SCREAM: The Fisherman falls into the water. It occurred during Bella's food hunting montage.
  • The filmmakers were intent on choosing a rescue dog to star in the survival tale adaptation of the novel by W. Bruce Cameron, the same author who wrote the book adapted for 2017's "A Dog's Purpose." The pooch also had to be a pit bull mix, as in the book. The Internet search ended at a Tennessee no-kill shelter, which had rescued Shelby from a squalid life in a nearby landfill.


  • Famous director Ron Howard appears to have a hidden cameo in the film. Near the end of the movie when Bella is back in Denver, attempting to cross the highway, she walks out in the road causing multiple wrecks. A lady gets out of her car, and others do also. In the background a man gets out of a car, and it's Ron Howard. This is likely because his daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard, plays the voice of Bella. Howard also co-starred in American Graffiti with director Charles Martin Smith.
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