Starring: Dennis Quaid, Marg Helgenberger, Betty Gilpin, Henry Lau, Kathryn Prescott, Josh Gad
Family drama sequel directed by Gail Mancuso, in which the story is told from the dog’s perspective, Bailey (Josh Gad), who is living the good life on the Michigan farm of his boy, Ethan (Dennis Quaid), and Ethan’s wife, Hannah (Marg Helgenberger). He even has a new playmate: Ethan and Hannah’s baby granddaughter, CJ.
The problem is that CJ’s mom, Gloria (Betty Gilpin), decides to take CJ away. As Bailey’s soul prepares to leave this life for a new one, he makes a promise to Ethan to find CJ and protect her at any cost. So begins Bailey’s adventure through multiple lives filled with love, friendship and devotion as he, CJ (Kathryn Prescott), and CJ’s best friend, Trent (Henry Lau), experience joy and heartbreak, music and laughter, and few really good belly rubs.
Bailey: [voice over] My name is Bailey, and this is my boy, Ethan.
Ethan: Are you enjoying the breeze, boss dog?
Ethan: There’s a lot that you don’t know about that dog.
Bailey: [voice over] I’ve lived a lot of lives as a lot of different dogs, but I always found my way back to Ethan.
[referring to catching the ball Ethan threw]
Bailey: [voice over] That isn’t getting any easier.
Ethan: That isn’t getting any easier.
Bailey: [voice over] This is CJ, the greatest new addition to our pack.
[young CJ tries to make Bailey drink from her toy teacup]
Baby CJ: Doggy, doggy, doggy.
Bailey: [voice over] Hm, there’s nothing in that cup.
Hannah: [to Ethan] I love mornings with our granddaughter.
Bailey: [voice over] So did I, mostly because she gave me bacon.
Gloria: You have her taking a bath with a filthy dog?
Ethan: They’re just having fun.
Bailey: [voice over] Ooh, CJ’s mom wants to play too.
[she knocks Gloria from behind making her fall into the water]
Gloria: Oh, my God!
Bailey: [voice over] Or not.
[as he watches Gloria drive off with CJ]
Bailey: [voice over] Pretty soon CJ had to move away. I wanted to chase the car, but I just didn’t have the energy.
[as Bailey is looking ill]
Ethan: Bailey, Bailey, Bailey. You’ve done so much for me. When you come back next time take care of CJ, she needs you like I needed you.
Bailey: [voice over] And then it happened. I was a puppy again, and CJ was my new purpose. She was a gigantic baby now.
[to his puppy]
Young Trent: Sit. Sit.
Young CJ: You have to be the authority.
Young CJ: Lie down.
[Bailey lies down]
Bailey: [voice over] What is she saying? No idea.
Young CJ: You see.
Gloria: CJ, I have a date tonight.
Young CJ: Again?
Bailey: [voice over] I could always tell when my girl needed me.
CJ: [to Trent] As soon as I can, I’m getting out of here. I’m going to move to New York City.
[as he hears the doorbell ring]
Bailey: [voice over] Wait. I smell my boy!
[as the door opens Bailey sees Ethan and Hannah]
Bailey: [voice over] Ethan, it’s me, Bailey!
Ethan: Is that you, boss dog?
Gloria: What makes you think you can just show up like this?
Hannah: We wanted to see our granddaughter, please.
[Gloria shuts the door on them]
Ethan: [to Bailey] You just keep taking care of CJ.
[to CJ as the dog approaches her]
Store Clerk: Oh, a big dog. He doesn’t get up for anything.
Bailey: [voice over] No matter how many lives it took, I would be there for CJ.
[Bailey in the form of another dog jumps into CJ’s arms]
CJ: Oh, hello. Where did you come from?
[to CJ; referring to Bailey]
Woman: It’s like he chose you.
Bailey: [voice over] Things don’t always turn out as we plan, but sometimes the surprises are the best part.
Bailey: [voice over] I don’t have all the answers, but I know we end up where we’re meant to be.
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