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Practice English Speaking&Listening with: A Dog's Journey

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(subdued piano theme playing)

♪ ♪

BAILEY: On days like this,

I feel like the luckiest dog in the world.

I got the sun on my back.

I got the wind in my face.

I get to ride in this car

where the windows are always rolled down.

My name is Bailey.

You enjoying the breeze, boy?

-BAILEY: I love my boy Ethan. -Boss Dog.

BAILEY: And I love my girl Hannah, too.

Boss Dog. Boss Man.

BAILEY: I've lived a lot of lives,

and I've peed on a lot of stuff.

There is one thing

I've never been able to figure out, though:

Why does it always itch right here?


CJ (over speaker): Baby can come up.

-Baby can come up here. -(Hannah chuckles)

That's my cue.

I'll meet you in the kitchen after I do the chores.

(groans, sighs)

-(sighing, grunting) -(joints cracking)

(Bailey grunts)

You as creaky as me, Boss Dog?

(grunting): Let's go.

-Come on. -BAILEY: Mornings had the best smells.

(cow mooing, chickens clucking)

BAILEY: Sure, we had to do our chores...

(horse neighs, chickens clucking)

-(panting) -ETHAN: Come on, Bailey.


...but it always ended with an egg.



-(Bailey whines) -(grunts)

(whines quietly)


(Bailey barks)


Hey, buddy.

Still think you got one in you, Boss Dog?




You ready?

BAILEY: Born ready.

-One. -(panting)



Three. Go!


(laughing): Way to go, Boss Dog.

BAILEY: Ugh, that isn't getting any easier.

(groans) That isn't getting any easier.

(Ethan panting)


(Ethan groans)

-(barks) -Hey.

You still got it, Boss Dog.

Yeah. Yeah.

Good boy.

Come on, let's go to the house.

Come on, buddy. Come on.

Come on. (laughs)

BAILEY: Come on, bacon. Come on, bacon.


Eh, it's not bacon, but I'll take it.

-(Ethan blows raspberry) -(Hannah chuckles)

-HANNAH: Morning. -Morning.

-CJ: Hi, Mommy. -Hi.

Morning, Gloria.

What time did she wake up, Hannah?

Oh, wasn't looking at the clock.

Doesn't matter, though.

We're having fun with our granddaughter.

BAILEY: Hannah used to have a boy named Henry.

He brought Gloria into our pack.

We keep feeding her pancakes, she's gonna get chubby.

BAILEY (gasps): Maybe this time she'll give me a treat.

No? No treat? Okay.

I thought little babies were supposed to be chubby.

-Ethan, shh. -(Ethan muttering)

BAILEY: Hannah made that "shh" sound a lot lately.

-Who's that? -Daddy.

Daddy. You know, I think she has Henry's eyes.

BAILEY: Henry went away and never came back.

Hannah cried a lot.

I licked her face a lot.

HANNAH: I wish my son was alive

to see his adorable daughter.


-(food drops to floor) -Oh...

BAILEY: She drops it, I eat it.

-That's our deal. -HANNAH: Oh, it fell.

(takes a deep breath)

Orange. Purple.

BAILEY: Gloria liked to wear food on her face.

-(cell phone ringing) -(groans)

-BAILEY: But not good food. -GLORIA: Hello?

A... a gross dog just licked my face.

No, no, that's-that's how it goes

when you're stuck on a farm.

BAILEY: CJ, where are you going?

We're supposed to play here.

-GLORIA: What's happening in Chicago? -(barks)

Tell me everything. Go away.

Are you guys going out?

-(whinnies, snorts) -(CJ babbling)

I see the horsey.

(CJ laughs, babbles)

-(grunting) -(horse whinnies)

(horse snorts)

BAILEY: No, don't go in there.


(horse neighs)



(barking continues)

BAILEY: CJ, stop.

(barking and neighing continue)


CJ: He's scary.

(distressed neighing)

ETHAN: Whoa, boy. Whoa.

-(Ethan gasping) -(CJ screams)

(CJ crying)


BAILEY: From the way he was breathing,

I knew Ethan was scared.

Yeah. (chuckles)

I don't know. I feel like...

What are you doing?

Hey, let me call you back.

CJ just got in with Linus.

Hey, come here.

She could have been hurt, Gloria.

Bailey saved her.

Let me get this straight.

It's one of those hero dogs you see on TV?

Its name is Bailey.

-BAILEY: I love when my boy Ethan says my name. -(barks)

Go inside.

I know what you did, Boss Dog.

Come on.

BAILEY: I don't know where Gloria found this baby,

but it is a great addition.

CJ is smart and curious.

We just have to keep an eye on her.

Well, I turned my back for two seconds.

(softly): More like two years.

-CJ. -(CJ grunts)

-Come on, CJ. -No.

-GLORIA: Clarity. Clarity June. -Nana, Nana.

Hey, Mama's here now. Can you say "Mama"?

Nana, Nana.

(clicks tongue) All right.

(CJ fusses, cries)

Oh, Clarity June, that is not funny.

It's kind of funny.

BAILEY: Why doesn't anyone ever wipe food on my face?

(crying continues)

-(horse neighing) -(CJ laughing)

BAILEY (sighs): After all the excitement of the day,

I had to cool off in the big water bowl.

-ETHAN: Hey. -You know what that is.

-You having fun yet? -(Hannah chuckles)

-Oh! Grand... -(laughing)

Grandpa. Oh... oh, my goodness.

I-I leave her with you for a couple hours,

and you have Clarity bathing with a filthy dog?

BAILEY: Finally, Gloria wants to play.

(chuckling): Well, they're just playing.

All right, get-get out. Get out, dog.

ETHAN: Oh, come on.

They're just having fun.

GLORIA: You know what?

Don't worry, honey. Mommy's here.

Come on. It's okay.

BAILEY: Oh, I get what you want me to do.

-(Bailey grunts, Gloria groans) -HANNAH: Oh!

-(barking) -(laughter)

This is why I don't like dogs.

BAILEY: Maybe you wanted to stick your nose in my butt?

HANNAH: Gloria is just so young to be a widow.

Eight months pregnant when Henry was in that car accident.

I know, honey. I know.

But, Hannah, where's her maternal instinct?

Gloria's just trying to figure out

how she's gonna make a life for herself and CJ.

But she's got Henry's insurance settlement.

Well, that money's been set aside for CJ's college fund.

You're the one that raised two kids, not me. (chuckles)

So, if you're not worried about it,

I'm not worried about it.

I'd be worried if they weren't here.

-Yeah. -BAILEY: Mm-hmm. Yeah.

Up, up, up. There we go.

Yeah, right in the middle.

Now slide it down. Slide it down. Yeah.

Between the three of us, I think we can

give that little girl the love that she needs.


-What is that? -What?

It's a lump.

Big lump.

BAILEY: Oh, please stop poking that spot on my belly.

I'm gonna take him to the vet.

-Yeah. -What's going on?

Hey, buddy. Hi, Bailey.

♪ ♪

BAILEY: Somehow, Ethan always knows

when I want to take a car ride.

(door opens)

(door closes)

Hey, Boss Dog.

I want you to stay put, okay, buddy?

Dr. Deb said we should just keep you comfortable.

I can handle all the chores.


(door opens, closes)

(birds chirping)

BAILEY: I had bad days, and I had good days.

-Today was a good day. -GLORIA: Well, me, too.

Well, I finally got a call from the, um... the cruise line.

BAILEY: Gloria spent a lot of time talking to her hand.

And they needed a singer for their Stagecoach Lounge.

-Doggy, doggy, doggy. -GLORIA (chuckling): I know.

BAILEY: Um... there's nothing in that cup.

Oh, did you make me a cup?

-Here, Nana. -Thank you.

GLORIA: Well, it's perfect for me, right?


-Delicious. -That delicious?

BAILEY: Wait, there was something in that cup?

Yeah, they went with a singer who, uh,

does not have a toddler.

I don't know.

Maybe I should come back to Chicago.

-CJ: More? -GLORIA: Yeah, but I don't

really know what more I can do.

-(Bailey panting) -Hey.

-Hey. -Hi.

(groans quietly)

Getting her to go down for her nap took forever.

-You know, Gloria... -Mm-hmm?

Um, if-if you want to pursue your career,

you could leave Clarity here with us.

You think I'm a bad mother?

-(Hannah scoffs) -What?

Gloria... no, that's not what I'm saying.

Are you trying to take my-my baby from me?

'Cause my baby is all I have.

Gloria, she's making you an incredible offer.

I know what this is about.

You want Henry's settlement.

I-I-I knew you wanted that money

so you can fix this crumbling farm.

This farm is not crumbling.

BAILEY: Ethan was mad.

I hadn't heard him talk like that in a long time.

It has nothing to do with the money.

It has to do with providing a loving home for CJ.

Well, Hannah, I am her mother.

So, wherever I am, that is her home.

And okay, wow, obviously, I'm not welcome here.

You are always welcome here.

So you can keep telling me all the things

I'm doing wrong every single day?

No, thank you. It's actually not what I need right now.

Well, what about CJ? What about what she needs?

Do you ever think about that?

Does anyone ever think about what I need?!

BAILEY: There was trouble in the pack.

Somebody must have eaten Gloria's food.

(crying): Gloria, please don't leave.

Let's talk about this. We can work it out.

Whatever it takes. Please, we can work this out.

You don't seem to understand. She's my baby, not yours.

(voice shaking): Ethan, what are we gonna do?


Hey, Gloria.

BAILEY: Such sadness from Hannah.

-Nana. -Love you.

BAILEY: Sad like she was after her boy stopped coming around.

Listen, we want you to have some money.

(sighs, stammers) No, thanks.

It's for CJ. Would you just take it?


And let us know where you wind up.

-(engine starts) -It's the least you could do.


Bye-bye, CJ!

Love you!

BAILEY: I wanted to chase the car

for Hannah and Ethan, but...

but I just didn't have the energy.

-(whimpers) -ETHAN: I know.

(night bird calling in distance)

(blues rock playing over radio)

BAILEY: I wanted to eat to make Ethan happy,

but I wasn't hungry anymore.

It was really quiet after CJ left.

She'll get in touch with us.

-Eventually. -(song ends)

DJ: It's a little cool out there here in Michigan,

so you might want to dress warm today.

("I Can Love You Like That" by John Michael Montgomery plays)

You like romantic movies, you never will forget... ♪

I love this song.

I do, too.

Let's not waste this song.

-Come here. -(sighs)

Come here. Come on, come on.

(Hannah laughs)

You don't have to wait no more

-(Ethan laughs) -You always make me feel better.

I can love you like that

I would make you my world... ♪

BAILEY: Okay. Okay.

I'm tired, but I'll do it.

-Oh! -Ooh.

-(both laughing) -Hey. Look at you.

-You still got it. -HANNAH: Aw.

-HANNAH: Bailey. -BAILEY: Bailey!

That's me. Okay.

(both laughing)

All right, buddy, she's taken.

If you give me a chance

I can love you like that. ♪

(birds chirping)

(horse neighing in distance)

Hey, Dr. Deb.


I came out here and found him laying here.

He's in a lot of pain.

I think it's time.

You've done everything you could for him.

(Bailey whimpers quietly)

Do you want a moment?


Bailey, Bailey, Bailey.

You're my good boy.

We had such good times together, didn't we?

Mm, mm.

You've done so much for me. (sniffles)

(crying): You think maybe next time you... you come back,

you can come back for CJ, you think?


She needs you like I needed you.

You can protect her.

And you make her feel happy like you made me feel happy.

BAILEY: I didn't understand all the words,

but somehow, I knew what Ethan meant.

(Ethan sobs quietly)

-Are you ready, Ethan? -Yeah.

-All right, champ. Here we go. -Yeah.

-DEB: Good boy. -You're not gonna hurt anymore.

BAILEY: I remember this from before.

A tiny sting...

and then my pain melted away.

Yeah, Boss Dog. Yeah, bud.


Who's the Boss Dog, hmm?

You the Boss Dog?

(sniffles) I love you, Bailey.

(voice fading): Bailey, Bailey, Bailey, Bailey, Bailey.

♪ ♪

BAILEY: All my pain was gone.

I was in this place, and it was wonderful.

Ethan gave me a new purpose.

I was going to protect CJ.

And I would never stop looking until I found her.

(puppies yapping)

BAILEY: I was a puppy again.

I had a mother and brothers and sisters.

Ugh, why are there always seven puppies and six nipples?

HILDA: Don't you worry, mama dog.

I'm finding good homes for

every single one of your cuties.

BAILEY: But it felt like something

was missing this time.

Let's see.

I have ears, pretty long ones.

I have a tail. I have a snout.

I wonder if I have a...

Nope. I'm a girl this time.

It was so great being a puppy again.

I got to play and play and-and play.


There was an old dog named Mr. Churchill.

(laughing): He was a lot of fun.

(puppies yapping)

They're a real handful, eh, Mr. Churchill?

BAILEY: One by one, people took my brothers and sisters away.

All that was left was my favorite brother.

I was called Molly, and he was called Rocky.

(growling playfully)

Then, one day, the worst thing happened.

Rocky was going away.

Who was I gonna play with?

-Aw. -You look perfect together. (chuckles)


That girl.

There's something about that girl.

-I smell something familiar. -(sniffing)

-(barks) -It smells like...

(Molly sniffing)

CJ! (stammers)

I remember my purpose! CJ is my purpose!

I can't let her get away.

I'm coming, CJ!



I can't let Ethan down.

Got to get to CJ.


(grunts) I got this.

I got this. I got this. I got this.

Oh, I don't got this.

I'm so happy you and Rocky are a good match.

He's already my best friend.

BAILEY: I'm coming, CJ!

Ugh, this house has too many fences.

CJ, it's me!

I-I'm here to protect you.

-(CJ grunts, chuckles) -(Hilda laughs)

Whoa, psycho puppy.

BAILEY: CJ was a gigantic baby now.

This puppy is insane.

(chuckling): That's Molly.

She and her brother are inseparable.

Would your family consider adopting both of them?

I got this.


(speaking Mandarin)


Think I better get out of here

before they change their minds about getting one dog.

BAILEY: Mm, salt, milk.

-Oh, hamburger. Mm. -HILDA: How about you?

Do you think your parents would let you have a puppy?

(laughs) My mom does love dogs.

She does?

I'm gonna stop talking.

I know what to do. I'll take Molly home,

my mom will go crazy for her, and then she can call you.

-Well... -Well...

♪ ♪

-Shh. -BAILEY: Ah, that's the same

"shh" sound Hannah always made.

I never know what it means.

GLORIA: Clarity, is that you?

Uh, hey, Mom.

BAILEY: That voice. It was Gloria.

Hey, did you, um... did you move that box

that had my demos in it?

-Didn't touch it. -So, I met a, um...

this, like... a producer that really wants to hear my music.

Got to do homework!

-Your new home. -BAILEY: Okay, CJ,

you've got nothing to fear.

I'm here to protect you. Oh, cat!

-Molly, no! -(Molly growls)

-Molly! Molly! -(barking)

No, no! No!

-BAILEY: Great. You love playing chase, too. -No!

-(Bailey laughing) -Stop!

Not my homework!

-(growling) -No, Molly!

Molly, no. Molly!

No! (screams)

No, Molly, no!

-(barking) -Slow down, Molly!

Please. Molly.

BAILEY: There's so much to chew on under here.

Oh, yeah! (chuckles)

(sighs) That was fun.

-What's the next game? -Molly.

-(sighs) -(yaps)

You're Destructo-Dog. Yes, you are.

BAILEY: Oh, I love my new bed.

-Where do you sleep? -Here you go, Molly. (sighs)

Hilda said you were mostly house-trained,

so for now, I'll just put a towel

-down here, just in case. -(Bailey inhales deeply)

BAILEY: When you got to go, you got to go.

-No, Molly, no. -(knocking at door)

GLORIA: CJ, I need to talk to you.

-Changing. -(knob jiggling)

-(knocking) -Hello? Why's this door locked?


-(knocking continues) -Hey, come on.

CJ: Just a minute.

BAILEY (sighs): Yeah, don't know this game.

I will give it a try.

What's... what is with all this noise?

Uh, CJ, it looks like a bomb went off in here.

Um, I've been doing a little rearranging.

It smells terrible. Will you at least open a window?

I love your outfit. Is it new?

Do you love, love, love it?

Mm, I have a date tonight.

You're going out!

Ow... How is he?

Is he nice?

Well, CJ, they always start out nice.

Um, so can you figure out your-your dinner tonight?



(takes a deep breath)

I think hiding you might be

a little more difficult than I thought.


(motorcycle engine revving outside)

-(Gloria chuckling) -Hey, babe. You ready?

-Whoo! -Let's go.

♪ ♪

-(whines) -(dialing phone)

-(line ringing) -(sighs)



-Are you ready? -What do I say?

Ask a question and keep calling back.

Don't laugh. I need to get into character.

-BAILEY: Uh, where did CJ go? -Wish me luck.

BAILEY: Oh, hi, CJ.



-(line rings) -HILDA: Hello?

(impersonating Gloria): Hello? Is this Hilda?

This is Gloria Mitchell.

Hello. I've been expecting your call.

Wonderful, wonderful.

My daughter, Clarity, brought home that sweet dog today.

We just adore her to pieces.

Clarity, honey, I'm telling Hilda

how much we love Molly.

-(phone beeps) -Oh, uh, can you hold on for a sec?

Right on time, Trent.

Hello? This is Trent.

How much kibble should I feed Rocky?

Half a cup. Uh, I got to go.

(taps button)

As I was saying, we'd love to be her forever home.

-(phone beeps) -Oh, uh, can you hold on for a sec?

Good work, Trent.

Is that half a cup U.S. or half a cup imperial?

HILDA: It's just half a cup.

Maybe I should do it by weight.

Y-You can do it however you want.

-Uh, I got to go. -(taps button)

-I'm sorry for all of these... -And right now,

I'm looking out at our ginormously huge,

grassy backyard, and Molly and Clarity

-are rolling all around. -(phone beeps)

HILDA: Oh, dear. Um, can you excuse me?

TRENT: I forgot to tell you,

I gave Rocky a middle name.

I'm really busy at the moment.

Cliff. Get it?

Rocky Cliff. Pretty funny, right?

Can I call you later about this?

Don't call me too late, because I have school tomorrow

and I need to go to bed early.

-(sighs) -(taps button)

HILDA: Sounds like a wonderful situation.

I'm so glad it worked out.

Well, then I'll leave you alone, and thank you.

(phone ringing)

-Well? -We did it!

That was amazing.

I've never done anything bad before.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

-BAILEY: I can make noise, too! -(barking)

Whoo! Let's go. Come on, Rocky.

High five.

I love you, girl.

Whoo! We did it!

♪ ♪


(Molly and Rocky growling playfully)

BAILEY: I knew my purpose was to protect CJ,

but since she was safe,

I thought it was okay to play with Rocky.

Rocky destroyed all the slippers in the house.

My dad's doing a lot of swearing in Mandarin.

I had to take Molly out twice last night.

She still peed on my bed.

I can't believe you managed to hide a crazy puppy

for even one day.

(panting, growling)

We should train them together.

You guys are going to puppy school.


-Rocky, come on! No! -No, Molly, no!

BAILEY: Oh, why are they walking so slow?

TRENT: Rocky, slow down!

Sit. Sit.


Okay, then stand.

Good dog.

No, you have to be the authority.

Watch and learn.

Lie down. Lie down.

-Lie down. -BAILEY: I'll wait till you come up

with a better game.

You see? Good girl.

(takes a deep breath)

Stay. Wait.

-(barking) -Wait. No, Rocky. Stop! Rocky!

Paw. Paw. Come on, girl.

Let's go, girl.

-BAILEY: Mm, what is a paw? -Paw. Come on.

Paw. Come on.

-Let's go. -BAILEY: Maybe this is a paw?

Good girl. Good, good girl!

BAILEY: I can do paw! I-I-I can do paw!

It's a deal. You have graduated puppy school right now.

-TRENT: Rocky, come back! -Good, good girl.

-Rocky! Rocky! -Good girl. Mwah.


You can stay here while I'm at school.

No barking, okay?

BAILEY: Don't really understand what's happening.

-(fabric ripping) -(growls)

Can't wait to show this to CJ.

Uh, is that supposed to be food?

(over TV): Maybe if I wasn't going commando...


-(passing gas) -(barks, sniffs)

Where'd that great smell come from?

I love it.

(front door closes)

-(barks) -CJ?

-(footsteps) -(barking continues)

GLORIA: Clarity, did you hear that?

CJ: I think it came from the basement. I'll check.

BAILEY: I, uh... I'm here, CJ!

You-you remembered!


-(barking, panting) -Molly, shh.

-Shh. -(Bailey groans)

BAILEY: Again with the "shh." What does "shh" mean?

Nothing here, Mom. I think it was next door.

(Molly whining)

BAILEY: Belly rub, please.

CJ: Gonna have to tell her about you, Molly.

Mom, there's something I want to tell you.

Hey, so if you, uh, order a pizza for dinner,

do not eat the whole thing, okay?

Life is harder when you're chubby.

Plus, you claim you want to be a singer.

Got to look good.

BAILEY: It felt like CJ got hit,

but I didn't see what hit her.

Mm, what'd you want to tell me?

Just wanted to know what time you'll be home.

Not too late.

-(thunder crashes) -(gasps)

-(Molly yelps) -Mommy!

-Mommy, I'm scared! -(thunder crashes)

BAILEY: Wait for me, CJ!

-(CJ panting) -CJ was afraid.

Uh, I was afraid.

Maybe if I protect her, she'll protect me.

(thunder booming)

I used to hate it when my mom stayed out late.

-(Molly whining) -(shuddering breaths)

And now I have you.

I don't have to be scared anymore.

-I know you'll protect me. -(Molly whimpers)

BAILEY: Make that noise stop.

I'm really, really scared.

(birds chirping)

-(knocking, door opens) -GLORIA: Knock, knock.

Hey, morning, sweetie.

Good morning.

Um, so I thought it might be nice

if I cooked you some breakfast.

What? Do you even know how to do that?

(chuckling): You silly. Of course I do.

BAILEY: I need to get outside. I need to go.

Wh-What... what is that?

This is, um... this is...

(chuckling): Hi.

You must be Clarity. I'm Paul.

And who's that little fella?

Little gal.

-Her name's Molly. -BAILEY: Are we getting up?

I seriously need to go.

(chuckling): Oh, what a sweetie.

-I love dogs. -Oh, yeah?

Me and my mom do, too.

I have to take Molly out for a walk,

but we'll be back for breakfast.


Um, I'll go start those mimosas.


We're in trouble, Molly. Yes, we are.

(CJ sighs)

You went behind my back and you got a dog?

You're not allowed to have a dog.

You understand me?

BAILEY: Gloria sounded angry.

Smelled pretty strong, too.

PAUL: Hey, babe, you want another mimosa?

Oh, yeah, that'd be lovely.

I'm keeping her.

BAILEY: Maybe if she plays, she will feel happy.

I'm keeping Molly.

(whispers): I am your mother, and I am the boss.

And you're not supposed to leave your 11-year-old

alone at night, almost every night,

during terrifying thunderstorms.

I'm sure my teacher would be very interested

in a mother who did that.

Are you threatening me?

I get scared.

(CJ grunts)

Molly protects me.

You can't make me get rid of her.


She's my best friend.

And I'll do everything for her.

You didn't even know she was here.

That dog needs a bath.

You're staying with me.

You get to stay with me.

BAILEY: Good girl, CJ. You're a good girl.

Yep, you do need a bath.

Yep. You do.

-Look, Molly, my charm bracelet. -(jingling)

It has my two favorite things in the whole world:

you and my guitar.

BAILEY: Thank you for showing me whatever that is.

Uh, I will be going back to sleep now.

(strums chord, string buzzes)

(strumming slowly)

(strumming confidently)

(humming melody)

CJ: ♪ I'll be here

With you

Near or far

The end or the start... ♪


Good old Trent, always on time.

BAILEY: Good old Rocky, always on time.

CJ: Hey.

-Hey. -(dogs growling playfully)

BAILEY: First, I'm gonna pull the stick,

then you pull the stick, then I'll pull the stick.

-Look at our babies. -(barking)

Yep. All grown-up.

Hey, should we start saving for college?

Molly and I aren't exactly on the college track, Trent.

I'm actually thinking about dropping out of school.

If I told my parents I was dropping out of high school,

they would spontaneously combust.


Yeah, well, as soon as I can, I'm getting out of here.

I'm gonna move to New York City.

And how are you gonna do that?

There was this insurance settlement when my dad died.

I finally get the money when I'm 18, so...

I'm gonna use it to move to New York,

make a demo and get my career started as a musician.

You hardly ever talk about your dad.

BAILEY: I-I can tell when CJ needs me.

Uh, hold on, Rocky. I'll be right back.

-(Molly barks) -Hey, Molly.

Want to sit? Come on.


Yeah, well...

died right before I was born, so...

I don't really know anything about him.

Well, except Gloria said his parents tried to steal

that money from me when I was a baby.

So... I don't know.

Maybe she's drunk half the time, but...

she did do one good thing for me.

BAILEY (straining): Sometimes CJ squeezed me so tight,

I could barely breathe.

(gasping): I loved it.

♪ ♪

Hey. Uh, are you gonna buy something?

'Cause if you are, I got to go back in.

Oh. Guess I was.

I'm not, like, in a hurry or anything, though.

Let me guess.

A bag of pretzels and a Sprite.

(CJ chuckles)

Okay, I guess I'm pretty predictable.



Um, that's Molly.

BAILEY: I'm getting a bad feeling about this person.

What's it doing?

Getting ready to pee on me?

(chuckles) Cool it, Molly.

(both chuckling)


-So, you like motorcycles? -Kind of.

-(Molly barking) -Yeah? -Cool it, Molly.

BAILEY: You're supposed to throw the ball.


You pick it up and throw it.

And then I get it and you throw it again.

No, thanks, doggy.

BAILEY (sighs): He doesn't understand.

Mm, he's not too smart.

CJ: You want this, Molly?

You want to go get it?

Go get it.

-(barking) -BAILEY: Rocky! Trent!

(CJ chuckles softly)

Ooh, a quick sniff of Rocky's butt

told me everything was going great for Rocky.

Come on, let's go.

Hey, Trent.

-Oh, thanks. -Yeah.

This is Shane.

Oh, hey.


BAILEY: Hmm. Both of them want to be in CJ's pack.

Hey, what's up? Uh, you didn't return my call.

Oh, right. Sorry. I've... been kind of busy.

Who is this, your mother?

BAILEY: They weren't growling at each other

on the outside, but they were still growling.

TRENT: Check it out.

Talent show, next week.

This is a chance for you

to actually perform in front of an audience.

Wow. (chuckles)

I bet you'd be great.

Oh, come on. You haven't heard me sing in years.

I know, but you have to perform in front of people someday.

Plus, the winner gets $500.

Yeah, do it, CJ. I mean, you can sing a song

between the magician and the mime.

(Shane laughs)

Does look kind of lame, Trent.

(CJ chuckles)

Thanks, though.

Let's hit it.

Maybe I'll see you later?

BAILEY: Wh-What about Rocky?

We were gonna roll in some stuff together.

Molly, come on.


("One Way Ticket" by The Darkness playing)


It was a dusty old night

And I'm the first to admit it

BAILEY: You want something that tastes good,

you should try these socks.

I'm sure I upset someone

But my memory has chosen to omit it... ♪

(rock music blaring over stereo)

Hey. We should stop by my buddy's place.

He's having a couple people over.

Well, I... I should probably get home.

I've got school tomorrow.

Ah, come on, CJ. Don't kill the fun.



("Dirty Little Secret" by The All-American Rejects plays)

(indistinct chatter)

Let me know that I've done wrong

When I've known this all along... ♪

BAILEY: I did not want to be here.

Neither did CJ.

-Mwah! -Ooh. (scoffs)

(Shane laughs, sighs)

I thought you said only a couple of people

-were gonna be here. -Mm...

Did I say that? (chuckles)

Shane, I'm really not into this.

-Can you take me home? -In a sec.

Relax. Have some beer.

(excited chatter)

I'll keep you my dirty little secret

Dirty little secret

Don't tell anyone

Or you'll be just another regret... ♪

-(laughter) -GIRL: Come on, come on!

-Put the drink down. -Go, go, go!

BAILEY: This is not a good place.

I do not like it here. We need to leave.

-Let's go. -Let's move it! -(frantic chatter)

BAILEY: Other people are leaving.

I think we should go, too.


(siren whoops)

(quiet chatter)

Wait. What's gonna happen to my dog?

Wait, you can't make me leave my do...

-Come. -You can't make me leave my dog.

-(barking) -CJ: Molly! -(car door closes)

BAILEY: CJ, wh-why are you getting in that car?

-(engine starts) -If you leave, I can't protect you.


-(dogs barking) -I didn't want to be here.

I-I... I wanted to be with CJ.

Where was she?

(dogs whining, barking)

-Trent! -Hey, girl.

BAILEY: I need to find CJ.

(sniffs) I don't smell her.

Uh, keep going. I'll bark if I smell her.


-(barks) -Uh, th-there she is!

S-Stop! I said stop!

(Molly barking)

CJ: Molly.

BAILEY: CJ, I'm back!

-I found you. -Hey.

(Molly barking)


Thank you. (sniffles)

Thank you.

BAILEY: Trent got that other guy out of the pack.

I'm guessing he finally bit him.

(sighs) I was such an idiot.

Hey, it happens.


You never make bad choices.

-I'm too afraid of my parents. -(laughs)

At least you don't have to do

a hundred hours of community service.

Wait, so you're gonna be one of those people

picking up trash on the side of the highway?

No, actually, I got assigned to this program

that trains dogs to sniff cancer.

-Cancer? -Yeah.

Sounds pretty wacky, but...

at least I get to take Molly with me.

(dogs barking)

So, we're a pilot program, which is very exciting

because we've been getting amazing results.

Wait, so you're telling me

these dogs know people have cancer before doctors do?

We see the world. Dogs smell it.

Their sense of smell is 100,000 times as acute as ours.

So, we're working on trying to get the dogs to recognize

the difference between cancer samples and benign samples.

If we successfully scent-train a dog,

it can make the difference between life and death.

Wait, so I get to scent-train a dog?

That's so cool.

I love the enthusiasm, but first...

(dogs barking)

BAILEY: I hope this isn't CJ's purpose.

♪ ♪


We went every day.

CJ was happy, and that made me happy.


Why is he getting treats?

I want treats, too.

-Good dog, Bode. -BAILEY: Okay.

If Bode gets one more treat and I get nothing,

-I'm gonna go nuts. -(sniffs)

ANDI: Good boy. Good boy, Bode.


BAILEY: Mm, that smell.

Is that why Bode gets treats?

Maybe if I...

-Did you see that? -Yeah.

(chuckles) Good girl.

BAILEY: That's it.

If you smell the smell, you get a treat.

CJ, do you mind if I start training Molly, too?


(chuckles) Good girl, Molly.

(over earbuds): ♪ People have the power

People have the power

(doorbell rings)

-(barking) -♪ People have the power... ♪

GLORIA: Quiet!

-(sniffs, barks) -BAILEY: I know that smell.

Hi, Gloria.

HANNAH: It's good to see you.

BAILEY: Ethan and Hannah! Finally!

Why, hello.

(chuckling): Who is this? Hello.

-Ethan! It's me, Bailey! -Hey. Who are you?

-I'm a girl now. -(Ethan chuckling)

-This is a surprise. -HANNAH: Gloria.

We sent a note saying we're going to be in the area

and we hoped it'd be okay to stop by.

Did you? Okay.

Must have missed that. (scoffs)

BAILEY: Look, Ethan, look!

We were cleaning out the barn, and we found a...

a-a lot of Henry's things.

-We thought that... -HANNAH: Yes.

We thought that you and CJ might like to see it.

BAILEY: Is anyone seeing what I'm doing here?

Yeah, you could have sent whatever that is.

Well, we wanted to see you.

We want to see CJ.

GLORIA: Well, we don't want to see you, which is why...

BAILEY: Ethan, it's me, Bailey!

Can't you tell it's me?

Is that you, Boss Dog?

-It's me, it's me, it's me! -(barking)


Gloria, we just want to see CJ.

What makes you think you can just show up like this?

Okay, I-I-I'm not a little kid anymore,

so you can't... you can't push me around.

We want to see our granddaughter,

just to see how she's doing.

BAILEY: Ooh, I'll go tell CJ you're here.

Well, she doesn't want to see you.

-HANNAH: Is she home? -That is none of your business!

BAILEY: You're not gonna believe it.

Ethan and Hannah are here,

and they smell better than ever.

-Come! Come now! -Hey. What you doing?

Let's go. Follow me.

-(panting) -GLORIA: We have a whole life without you.

-I really don't appreciate this ambush. -ETHAN: "Ambush"?

Oh, oh, Gloria, we're family.

HANNAH: Gloria.

Can't we just start again? Please.

-Let's just start over. -Glo...

HANNAH: Gloria, Gloria, please.

(Hannah sighs)

BAILEY: Y-You forgot Ethan and Hannah.

GLORIA: Don't look at me like that.

All these years later, they still want to take her from me.


BAILEY: Gloria!

L-Let them in. It's Ethan and Hannah.

ETHAN: I'll just leave it here.


I know that's you, Boss Dog.

BAILEY: I love it when he calls me "Boss Dog."

You just keep looking after CJ.

-(barking) -Okay.

(Molly whining)

BAILEY: No, don't leave!

CJ's here.

(engine idling)

Come on, Molly. Come on.

(chuckling): Okay.

-Good job, Molly. -(vehicle door closes)

Andi says you've really taken to scent training.

BAILEY: Food, please.


-(barks) -BAILEY: Leave us alone.

(sighs) What are you doing here?

You don't answer my calls.

Yeah, because I don't want to talk to you, Shane.

Come on, CJ. You're not still mad about the party?

-(scoffs) -Don't walk away from me.

Whoa, get off. Shane!

-(barks) -What are you doing?

-I thought you were cooler than this. -Shane!

-(growls, barks) -Aah! It bit me!

BAILEY: Go away. CJ doesn't like you.

I'm gonna kill that stupid dog!


BAILEY: I don't like you, either.

Richard, if that's you,

why don't you come get your junk?

Oh, it's you.

(sighs) Richard left.

Shane just attacked me.


BAILEY: Gloria smelled stronger than usual.

(sighs): Well...

looks like today's not a good day for us and men.



You're drunk.


Adults are allowed to get drunk

when they get dumped by their boyfriend

who borrowed money they will never see again.

I just told you that some guy attacked me, Mom.

It was really scary. Do you even care?

Well, what did you do? Did you... did you lead him on?

Did you provoke him or something?

I cannot believe you just said that.

You are literally the worst mother in the world.

No, that was my mother.

(CJ sighs)

I'm leaving.

I don't want to be here anymore.

I'm taking my money, and I'm moving out.

-Ooh, what money? -The money from Dad's settlement.

Oh, Clarity, that money's gone.


How do you think we have a house?

And a car?

But... but that money was for me.

Well, it's been for you, CJ!

I am alone.

How do you expect me to do... to do this on my own?


So, all of the...

all of the travel, Mom,

the-the closet full of designer clothes,

the cases of wine--

that... that's all been my inheritance?

I deserve nice things, too.

Mom, that money was the only thing

I ever got from my dad.

That was the only thing that made me feel like,

somewhere in the world, there might actually be

someone looking out for me.

But I guess that was really stupid, wasn't it?

You cannot take the car.

Why not? I paid for it.

(door closes)


BAILEY: I never knew there could be

such a thing as a sad car ride.



Ugh, leave me alone.


What are you doing?

BAILEY: All I wanted to do was stay

on my seat, but the car kept pushing me off.

Sorry, Molly.

(sighing): Oh, God.

-(tires squealing) -(Molly yelps)

-What? -(Molly whimpers)

(horns honking, tires squealing)

BAILEY: The car's gone crazy.

(horns honking)

(CJ screams)


(engine revving)

(Shane continues speeding away)


BAILEY (sighs): The car finally stopped.

Are you okay, CJ?

Molly? Molly?

(bracelet jingling)

BAILEY: Oh, I love that sound.

It means CJ's nearby.

Molly. Molly?


BAILEY: But now I know I'm leaving her.

-I don't want to. -Molly.

But I have no choice.

(crying): Molly.

(sobbing): Molly.

-No, Molly. -I remembered baby CJ on the farm

and how much I wanted to protect her.

How much she needed me.

Her journey...

is not over.

(CJ sniffling, sobbing)

♪ ♪

(bracelet jingling)

(distant, echoing): Come on.

BAILEY: CJ was so sad.

She still needs me.

CJ, wherever you are, I promise...

I'll find you.

But first, I need to get a few things out of the way.

I need to play. I need to wrestle.

I need to bite a few faces.

-(barks) -I need to bark.

I need to play with a blanket.

-I need to bite some ears. -(growling playfully)

And, unfortunately, I still have to take baths.


I knew my journey was with CJ, but...

I couldn't find her scent anywhere.

Come on, Big Dog.

-Yeah. -BAILEY: Now I lived with Joe.

-JOE: Ready for another day? -BAILEY: He was good to me.

He lived in a house made out of snacks.

JOE: Just for you.

Okay, bon appétit. (sighs)

(TV playing indistinctly)

BAILEY: Ah, these are my favorite.

-Enjoy it. -BAILEY: I forgot about these.

No, these are definitely my favorite.

JOE: Oh, no ice cream for you.

How about a Slim Jim? Huh?

-BAILEY: That's the one. -JOE: Yeah.

We have a winner.

-My favorite. -(Joe chuckles)

(vehicle approaching)

(bracelet jingling)

Then, one day,

I heard something that reminded me of...

-Huh? -(door creaks shut)

(jingling continues)

That sound.


-Hi. -(jingling)

(panting quietly)


Could it be?

Maybe one more sniff, just to be sure.

-(sniffing) -JOE: How's your day going?

CJ: Um, pretty good, thanks.

That'll be $4.50.

BAILEY: I don't believe it.

-(barks) -It's my CJ. I found you!

Big Dog.

(chuckles) He never gets up for anything.

"Big Dog"? How'd you ever come up with that name?

(chuckles) Just sort of came to me.

Hey there, Big Dog. Hey.

-BAILEY: Now I can go with you. -How you doing?

BAILEY: Where are we going?

Must smell a dog on you.

Oh, I don't have a dog.

Used to, though.

Her name was Molly. She was the best.

BAILEY: Oh, she knows it's me. We're finally back together.

-Oh. -Oh, paw.

That is so sweet.

I, um... I trained my dog to shake.

He's never done that before.

Really? Huh.

Well, it's very nice to meet you, Big Dog.

Um, oh, can I also get a lottery scratch card?


So, where you headed?

Uh, New York City.

BAILEY: I hope Joe tells her about

how much I love meat sticks.

Oh, you got a job or something?

Well, I'm a singer-songwriter.

Trying to be a singer-songwriter, so...

-Oh, no way. 50 bucks. -JOE: Ah.

-Congratulations. -Wow.

Never won anything before in my life.

You must be a lucky dog.

BAILEY: And I hope Joe tells her about

the crunchy, salty things, too. Oh, they're so good.

Thank you.

Okay. See ya.

-Travel safe. -BAILEY: I wished I could thank Joe for taking

such good care of me all this time.

I hoped he knew how grateful I was.

Oh, no, no. You have to stay here, Big Dog.

-(barks) -BAILEY: CJ, no. I'm supposed to come with you.

-(engine starts) -CJ, wait. What are you doing?

No! No, you can't leave me.

-(barking) -I told Ethan I would protect you.

Big Dog.

BAILEY: CJ, come back.

I need to help you.

Big Dog!

BAILEY: Please, take me with you.

(Big Dog continues barking)

No! No! I can't lose you.

I will never stop. I will never stop.

(panting): Slow... slow down.

I'm sorry, I... I just can't run any faster.


JOE: Come on, Big Dog.

-(whimpers) -Big Dog.

Come on. Come on.

BAILEY: I will never stop.

I will never stop looking for you.

♪ ♪

Day after day passed, but no CJ.

I don't know why she left me behind.


-I waited so long. -(TV playing indistinctly)

-I got older and older. -(Joe snoring)

And when it was time, I knew.

♪ ♪

I guess I wasn't gonna be with CJ in this life.

♪ ♪

I had a good life with Joe.

But it was really hard knowing CJ was out there without me.

I knew our journey wasn't over.

(puppies yapping)


I came back small,

but I was not gonna let that stop me.

I've been born enough times now to know

that when you're hungry, you have got to fight for it.

(dogs barking, indistinct chatter)

BAILEY: So, apparently, my growing phase was over.

I was gonna remain small.


If I was gonna find CJ,

I was gonna need a new strategy.

Look at you. You are so cute.

-BAILEY: Hey! I already belong to somebody. -(woman gasps)

(barks, growls)

We're really looking for an older dog.

I have the perfect dog for you.


BAILEY: Sorry about that. Nothing personal.

WOMAN: Aw, how sweet.

This little cutie would fit in my purse.

-BAILEY: Nope. -(gasps)

Keep moving.

Good going, old guy.

-Oh, she's gonna be tricky. -(scoffs)

(bracelet jingling)

Wait. Wait.

I know that sound.

Could it be?

I think it might be.

-What if it is? -(barking)

I'm sorry, Max, but I'm gonna

have to take you back to the shelter.

BAILEY: I have to find out.

I don't want to have to do this, but...

-Ow! Oh, oh! Max! -Sorry. You've been great.

-Thanks for all the food and water. -Max, Max!



BAILEY: Whoa. This place is huge.



Out of my way. Dog coming through.

Sorry about that.


(horns honking)


(horn honking)

(whimpers quietly)

Being small does have some advantages.

Wow, that smells good. Maybe just one lick.

No, forget that.

-I cannot let her get away this time. -(jingling)

-(barking) -I can't see a thing.

I need to get to higher ground.

MAN (over speaker): ...Square Park is a 9.7-acre park...

BAILEY: Oh, yeah! There she is!


(barking continues)


BAILEY: My legs are short but fast.

I'm not gonna lose you this time.

(bell dings)



I found you.

Oh, hello.

What you doing?

-(barking) -(elevator whirring)

(whimpers, barks)

Oh, no, no, no, no. Come here.

Ugh, how do you get this thing off?


-(long sigh) -BAILEY (panting): Here I am.

Here to protect you.

Still delicious.

Where did you come from?

Ah, thank you.

-CJ: Hey. -Oh. -(gasps)

Think there was a jailbreak.

Is that Max?

Oh, Max.

You are such a love dog, Max.

You're the only person in the world

he hasn't tried to bite.

It's like he chose you.

I can't. I-I live with my boyfriend,

and he already has a dog. I...

I really can't bring home another one.

That's too bad.

He's scheduled to be put down tomorrow.

Wait, are you serious?

W-We do our best to foster out

to no-kill shelters, but they're full.

We're full.

Max is taking a place that could go to another dog.

-Oh, but you can't... -Rescue's like a river.

It has to keep flowing, or it backs up.

-Duke? -(barking)

Ah-ah-ah-ah. Sit.


Sit, Max.

BAILEY: Yeah. You sit, and you stay that way.

Get me?

This is Max.

You two are gonna be very good friends.

BAILEY: Like she said,

I'm the boss now.


There's a high and a low... ♪

BAILEY: CJ was always making sounds for us.

I promise I'll

I liked them.

-♪ Always be... ♪ -(door opens)

-BARRY: Hello, CJ? -(door closes)

I'm back.

(gasps) Oh, hi, Duke.


BAILEY: Who is this man, and why is he

-in our house, CJ? -Be nice.

BARRY: I know, I know. I missed you, too.

-Hey. -Hey.

-How was your trip? -BAILEY (groans): Yeah.

-BAILEY: You're crushing me. -It was good. How are you?

-CJ: Good. Yeah. -(Max growling quietly)

So, that's the dog you told me about.


-BAILEY: Keep your distance. -(yaps, growls)

I'm protecting CJ now.

Great personality.

He just needs a minute to warm up.

And Duke loves having a playmate.

And I guess playing your music for two dogs is

-better than one dog, right? -(CJ chuckles)

Right. They're a good audience.

Too bad dogs don't buy records.

Look, I'm gonna play for people when I'm ready. All right?

(low growl)

BAILEY: Every day, CJ walked a huge group of dogs.

They knew I was in charge.

(dogs panting)


-Hey. -Hey.

-Whoa. (laughs) -Uh, so Ringo had a great time.

-He, um, peed twice. -Oh, great.

-Thank you. -Thank you.

-See ya. -Bye.


-BAILEY: This box has smells like, uh... -(bell dings)

CJ: Max, where are you going?

-(barking) -Hey!


-BAILEY: Uh, this way! -CJ: Max!

-(dogs barking) -Max, come back.



(CJ panting)

-(barking) -Max.

-(chuckles) -BAILEY: Trent!

-CJ? -Trent?

BAILEY: Where's Rocky?

-Wow. What are you...? -CJ: What are you...? I...

(laughs) This is so weird.

My dog just dragged me here.

But I don't know...

Um, do you live here?

Yeah, I just moved in. Uh...

-(barks) -Who's this little guy?

Oh, um, that's Max. Be careful.

He's not very friendly.

BAILEY: Oh, Trent, I'm so glad to see you.

Where's Rocky?

He seems pretty friendly to me.

(chuckles softly)

CJ: I can't believe you're in New York.

I never saw you as a big-city guy.

Well, I was in London for a while.

And when the opportunity came up here,

I thought to myself, "Why not give it a try?"

BAILEY: My nose told me Rocky was gone.

Poor Trent.

A person can't be happy without a dog.

Well, it's a pretty nice place.

You must be doing okay.

BAILEY: I wonder what the snack situation is here. (grunts)

-(chuckles) -Sorry.

You know me. I follow the rules.

I always admired how you didn't care about the rules.

Mm. Yeah, well, Gloria didn't exactly

teach me to follow rules.

How is your mom?

Oh, I don't know.

I haven't spoken to her in years.


How's the music career?

Good. Yeah.

I mean, it's hard.

Plus, I'm walking all these dogs now

just to pay the bills.

So it's...

(chuckling): That's a relief.

Uh, for a second, I thought you'd become

one of those out-of-control dog ladies.


BAILEY: CJ was happy, and it made her laugh.

She never laughs with Barry.

All right, well, I should probably get going.


Hey, uh, my girlfriend is coming in next weekend.

Uh, maybe we could do a double date

with you and your boyfriend?

Yeah, sure, we'd love that.


-Okay. (chuckles) -(elevator bell dings)

BAILEY: CJ seemed sad after we left Trent.

I could tell she wanted Trent in our pack.

So did I.

Which meant...

Barry had to go.

BARRY: Hey. Hey, hey, hey! CJ!

-BAILEY (whispers): Barry's. -(growls)


BAILEY (sighs): I've been holding this in all day,

and it's go time.

(toilet flushes)



(CJ sighs)

Just saying, if I have to bite this guy

to get rid of him, I absolutely will.

Adopting a dog was such a stupid decision.

Why are you saying that?

Look at you, CJ.

Your career is nowhere.

Okay, thanks, Barry.

I don't need any help feeling bad about myself.

Yeah, well, I just don't think you have what it takes.

I don't want to be here anymore.

Where are you gonna go?

You gave up your apartment. You have no money.

Yeah, well, I will figure something out.

-Don't walk away from me. -Don't touch me.

(Max growling)

BAILEY: We... don't... like... you.

-(Duke growls) -(Max barks)


(siren wailing, horns honking)

("american dream" by LCD Soundsystem playing)



Amanda comes back next Tuesday.

She said it would be okay.

We're not allowed dogs here, so keep him on the down-low.

Okay. Thanks.

BAILEY: So I got rid of Barry, but Trent didn't join our pack.

It didn't make any sense.

Wake up with somebody near you... ♪

It was just me and CJ, and we moved around a lot.

We went on a lot of walks.

Every couple of days, we were sleeping somewhere new.

But we never saw Trent, even when we knew where he was.

Watched the beard crawl around on your face... ♪

I stayed close to CJ, but...

she still seemed sad.

Oh, the revolution was here

That would set you free from those... ♪

Can you go get a cab?

-TRENT: Yeah, there's a few coming. -Max, come on. Max.

-(barks) -Come on. -BAILEY: Trent!


BAILEY: CJ, what's wrong with you?

-Don't you smell Trent? -TRENT: Thank you.

-(sighs) -Okay, make sure you get that cab over there.

-I don't want to be late. -(Max barking)

-Max, shh, shh. -TRENT: I got it, I got it.

-Please, shh. -BAILEY: I finally get it.

-Max, come here. -"Shh" means "bark louder."

-Max, shh, shh. -Okay. Will do, CJ.

-(barking) -Max.

BAILEY: Trent, we're right here! Here I come.

Open your arms and catch me.

-(barks) -Max?

-BAILEY: I said catch me. -(sighs)

You know this dog?

BAILEY: Hey. Why don't you put

that fancy cat down and pick me up?


(chuckling): Oh. Hey, CJ.

-Sorry. -Hi.

This is the old friend I was telling you about.

-Oh. (chuckles) -Uh, Liesl, CJ.

-CJ, Liesl. -Hi.

Hi. Nice to meet you.

Um, hey, so I left you a bunch of messages.

You didn't get back.

-Is everything okay? -Oh, yeah.

Yeah, sorry. Um, everything's great.

Really great, actually.

I, um... I-I was gonna, um...

I was... (sighs)

Uh, C-CJ?

(crying): Sorry.

-CJ: Oh. (chuckles) -BAILEY: This smells way better

than the place we slept last night.

-Yeah. -Oh, wow.

-Place looks great. -(door closes)

TRENT: Yeah.

Ah. You can stay right here

in the guest bedroom until you find your own place.

(CJ sighs)

I'm sorry. I don't mean to be such a pain.

You're not being a pain.

I just need a little time to get back on my feet.

Um, Trent?

Can I speak with you for a second?

(chuckles softly)


-(dogs barking) -BAILEY: Hmm.

I guess that dog doesn't know how to walk.

Feel like maybe I'm getting you into trouble.

It's fine.

Liesl can be a little jealous.

Hey, is it okay if we sit down?

I'm exhausted.

Yeah, sure.

You okay?

Yeah. Yeah, just, uh...

think I'm working too much.

-Oh. -Excuse me.

So, Trent tells me that you're a professional dog walker.

BAILEY: What happened to you?

CJ: Oh, yeah.

Uh, just on the side.

Um, music is what I really care about.

Oh, so you have a band?

Nope. No band.

Just me and my guitar.

-Oh, where do you play? -Uh, well,

I haven't exactly booked a gig yet.

Kind of just been working on my songs.

I wanted to have a whole set

before I started playing in public.

Oh. So, I mean, music is on the side,

and dog walking is your real job, then, right?

BAILEY: Liesl didn't pee on anything,

but she was definitely marking her territory.

(CJ sighs)

(quiet chatter)

-BAILEY: Ready for food here. -(barking)

Let's go. Put the bowl down.

Okay, okay.

Ah. Sit.

-(barks) -Good boy.

(Max panting)

BAILEY: Oh, this is delicious. Best meal ever.

Whoa. Slow down, Max.

-(barks) -BAILEY: I'm done.

(door opens)

BAILEY: Trent!

Tough day?

(sighs) Not too bad.

Think I just need some sleep.

-Yeah, I bet. -Oh, hey, little guy.

BAILEY: I literally just had the best meal of my life.

(Bailey grunting)

Good to have Trent back in the pack.

Can I say something you may not want to hear?


I think you have stage fright.

-(sniffing) -BAILEY: Wait, that smell.

(sighs) I...

(CJ sighs)

Okay, fine.

Maybe I have a little stage fright.

But... well, I don't know.

Maybe my songs just aren't ready yet.

-Hmm. Well... -(sniffing)

BAILEY: I remember that smell from when I was Molly.

How will you know whether they're ready

if you don't play them?



Oh. (chuckles)

That's a cute little trick.

BAILEY: I smelled the smell. Now I get a treat.

You see that?



Trent, how long have you been wiped out like this?

"Wiped out"?



since I moved back from London.

I guess I'm... I'm just jet-lagged.

You... do you think maybe you should see a doctor?

Just to make sure everything's okay?

You're changing the subject from your musical career.

I am gonna think about that, okay?

Will you just please go see a doctor?

-Okay. -BAILEY: Excuse me.

You owe me a treat.

(cell phone ringing)

Gloria, stop calling me.

♪ ♪

-♪ There's a girl... ♪ -(knocking at door)

Come in.

Hey, uh, Liesl's here.

Could you come out?

I want to tell you both something.

-Sure. -(Trent chuckles softly)

(CJ sighs)

And they're sure it's cancer?

They're sure.

(sniffs) What did they tell you about treatment options?

Well, the good news is, uh, they caught it early.

But I'll have to do chemo.

Do you have to go to the hospital?

I hate hospitals. They terrify me.

You know that.

Then definitely don't get cancer.


Why are you laughing?

Hey, hey, it was... it was just a joke.

Do you really think that this is the time to joke?

(crying): I... I need some air.

(door opens, closes)

It'll be okay.

(door opens, closes)

-(sighs) -Thanks.

And what did she say?

She said she's not up for being a nurse.


That is pretty cold.

Ugh. Sorry.

Maybe it's for the better.

She'd probably find some way of making it about herself anyway.


(CJ sighs)

You know you're gonna beat this.



I-I think.

I-I still can't believe this.

Well, I'm not going anywhere.

Thanks, CJ.

Everything's gonna be fine.

(both chuckle)


They remind me of Ethan and Hannah when they were young.

(gasps) Ooh, do they want to lick each other?

Hey, I got to go to the hospital, Max.

When I get back, we'll go on a long walk, okay?

BAILEY: Trent went away, and then CJ was gone a lot.


Ah. Stay, Max.

BAILEY: Why say "walk" if you don't mean "walk"?

♪ ♪

Trent came home, and he slept a lot.

He slept even more than me.

Thank you.

BAILEY: And I'd been biting at this itch for a long time.

Boy, you're really chewing that spot, aren't you?

Maybe I should take you to the vet.



It's really good.


No, it's horrible.

(both laugh)

-Here, I'm gonna try it. -Uh...

Oh, it's really bad.

BAILEY: Trent wore clothes for outside

even though he always stayed inside.

-It's healthy. Tastes healthy. -BAILEY: He looked ridiculous.

Aw, I'm sorry, Max.

As soon as your leg heals, we'll take it off, okay?

♪ ♪

(sighs) I don't know, Max.

Every time I think about playing in public,

my heart just starts racing.

-(taps guitar) -I don't know.

Maybe I don't have what it takes.

BAILEY: I wish this bed was made out of bacon.

(birds chirping)

MAN (over TV): You accidentally gave someone your key?

BAILEY: Does life get any better than this?

(cell phone ringing)

-(shuts off TV) -It's the doctor.

Hi, Dr. Robbins.


Okay, so what does that mean?


Thank you. Will do.

What did she say?

Sh-Sh-She said my... my scans were clean.

I'm cancer-free.

-Really? -Yeah.

Oh, my God.

♪ ♪

(grunts, laughs)

-(Max barking) -(CJ sniffles)

BAILEY: I don't know why we're happy,

but it makes me happy.

(both chuckling)

(Max barking)

(laughing): Come here. Come here.

(grunts, chuckles)

TRENT: Right, right.

BAILEY: Trent came on our walks again.

It was so great having him back.

Gloria keeps texting me.

She's coming to New York.

You're gonna go see her?

Ugh, I don't know.

It's been years, you know?

Plus, she makes me feel terrible about myself.

She still has too much power over you.

If you see her up close,

you'll just realize she's just another person.

Yeah, maybe you're right.

You just got me through cancer.

You can face Gloria.

Hey, now I can be here for you.

BAILEY: Come on, lick faces.


BAILEY: Do it. You both want to.

(clears throat)

You're a really good friend.

BAILEY (sighs): Are they ever going to...

(grunts) I smell fresh poop!

WOMAN: Right this way.

-(distant siren wailing) -BAILEY: I didn't understand

-why CJ was trembling. -Thank you.

BAILEY: It wasn't windy or cold.


-Hi. -Hi.

Please, sit down.

I'm sorry I had to bring him with me.

Oh, of course. That's okay.

Oh, you're so beautiful. (chuckles)

-WAITRESS: Some water. -Thank you.

So, you've... you've been living with Trent?

Is that... Are you two... are you dating?

Oh. (chuckles)

Well, he always had such a thing for you. (laughs)

No, we're, um... we're just friends.

And what is going on with your music?

Uh, just writing songs and...

you know, thinking about maybe making a demo.

It's gonna be...

scary to get up in front of an audience.

Yeah. Kind of wondering if I'm cut out for it.

Well, if you don't try, you'll never know.

So, what are you doing here, Gloria?

Just so you know, I don't have any money.

No, I don't want money from you.

BAILEY: I felt a different feeling from Gloria.

Not angry. Sad.

-Max, she hates dogs. -GLORIA: Oh, God.

Can I... can I hold him?


Ah. Hey. Want to come s-sit with me?

BAILEY: If anybody ever needed a dog,

-it was Gloria. -Oh. Ah!

BAILEY: She needed love.

It must be nice to have...

something that loves you like this, without conditions.

Because you probably really needed that.

Yeah, I did.

So, Clarity, I...

I have been sober for, um,

nine months and 13 days.


I was not a good mother.

And I am s-so sorry, Clarity.

(crying): And...

if you'd let me, I'd...

really like to be a part of your life.


I really want to trust you, Gloria.

I just don't know if I can.


So, it's your father's birthday next week.

I don't know if you knew that.

Um, and you are about to turn the age

that he was when he died.

Which is so crazy.

Um... (sniffles)


I have some, uh, letters from him

that he wrote to me when I was pregnant...

with you.

Um... (sniffles)

and your grandparents gave them to me.

And I... I think you should have them.

(Gloria takes a deep breath)

I was so angry when he died.

And... scared.

And I was just... lost.

But, um, I realize now

it is so important that you know who he was.

(crying): Because he was...

I don't want to read these, Gloria.

Oh, yes, you do.

(sighs): Yeah.

Just trust me on that one thing.

And, um...

I know it-it may take time.

I do hope that someday you can forgive me.


BAILEY: Turns out Gloria's a pretty good ear scratcher, too.

Maybe there is hope for her, after all.

The papers smelled like Hannah's boy.

They made me think of Ethan and Hannah and the farm.

HENRY: Gloria, I miss you.

I think I'm gonna get the Motorola job.

I saw an apartment next to a park

that would be perfect for the baby.

I know we're both scared,

but I finally have some clarity.

We're so young, and we don't know what we're doing.

But we have each other,

and we will figure it out together.

(strumming guitar)

We can spend the summer with my mom and Ethan

at the farm in Michigan.

I know my mom will be super helpful to us.

She is so excited to be a grandmother.

I cannot wait to meet our little girl.

How do you raise a child to be strong and bold?

To believe in herself?

She'll have a good start with you as her mom.

-I have so many dreams for her and for us. -(CJ sighs)

Can't believe I'm taking my mother's advice, but...


...if I don't try it, I'll never know, will I, Max?

-Will I? -BAILEY: Sometimes the best thing you can do

-is just be there. -(CJ sighs)

BAILEY (grunting): Even if your ribs get

a little bit crushed and it makes you want to go.

(acoustic guitar playing upbeat rhythm)

All the times

I doubted myself

All these stories

That I couldn't tell

Wouldn't stand

In front of a crowd

Or say my thoughts too loud

But there's a fire I'm feeling

That burns me up

For once in my life

I'm ready to jump

I'm falling, fearless

No other way to do this

♪ 'Cause even when I'm crashing down

There is higher ground

I'm falling, fearless

No other way to do this

♪ 'Cause even if I'm crashing down

I'm in this moment now

I'm falling, fearless. ♪

(cheering, applause, whistling)



I don't want to steal your freedom... ♪

You're so great.

-TRENT: My God. Hey. -Hey.


You did it. (chuckles)

(CJ sighs)

I'm so proud of you.

Hey, don't you feel good?

I, uh... I feel relieved. (chuckles)

That song about your grandparents' farm

really got to me.

Uh, have you even been there?

Just when I was a baby, but...

I don't know. Reading my dad's letters,

I kind of felt like I remembered it.

I've been trying to think of a way to repay you and Max.

Tonight just gave me this crazy idea.

Would you be up for a road trip?

BAILEY: I love car rides, but why am I tied down?

I really would like to put my head out the window.

He loves car rides.

-(barks) -BAILEY: These smells.

Could it be?

-(engine shuts off) -(sighs)

(cow moos, rooster crows)

Can't believe I said yes to this.

(both chuckle)

I think it's best to say yes whenever possible.

Don't you think?



Well, I wonder what a city dog's

gonna make of this place.

BAILEY: The farm! I'm back!

Should we check it out?


BAILEY: I smell horse-dogs!

I smell Hannah! I smell my boy!




-Hello. -(barks)

Where'd you come from?

(Ethan chuckles)

BAILEY: Ethan, it's me!

It's Bailey, Bailey, Bailey, Bailey.

HANNAH: Ethan, wh-what's going on out here?

-What...? -(laughing): Look at this.

(Hannah laughing)

Aren't you a cutie pie?

(both laughing)

ETHAN: Who is your owner?


I think...

you might be my Grandma Hannah?

(crying): I am.


(Hannah sobs)

-Hi. -Hi.


(sighs) God, I feel like I know this place.

Of course you do.

It's home.


Y-You grew up.

(all chuckling)


I-Is that... is that your dog?

-Oh, yeah, that's, um... this is Max. -Good.

CJ: Oh, be careful. He's not very friendly.

Ooh. (smacks lips) Oh, yeah, you're a killer.

-Oh. Wow. Okay. -ETHAN: Oh... oh, yeah, yeah.


BAILEY: I did what you told me, Ethan.

It was not easy. It took a long time, but I did it.

I brought CJ home.



-Aw. -Hello.

Oh. Hi. (chuckles)

Nice to meet you.

-CJ: Oh, my gosh. -TRENT: Oh, that's beautiful.

-TRENT: Look at that. -(CJ chuckles)

CJ: Look at this one.

(Trent chuckles)

CJ: Oh, wow. (chuckles)

So, how long have you two known each other?

-Oh, um... -Uh...

Best friends since we were ten years old.

CJ: Mm-hmm.

-Oh. -So, you're not, uh...

(chuckling): Oh, no. No.

We're, um... we're just friends.


Gosh, I look so happy.

Why did my mother keep me away from you?

Oh... (sighs)

When your father died, Gloria was so young,

and I think she thought that the world was against her.

And she couldn't see that we were on her side.

-Right? -(chuckles softly)

I'm gonna get some more photo albums.

-Here. Take Bailey. -CJ: Oh.

-His-his name's Max. -(chuckles) Oh.

Okay... Max.

(chuckles) You know, his real name is Bailey.

Ain't that right, Boss Dog?

-(barks) -That's right.

BAILEY: I love when he calls me "Boss Dog."

The only thing I can't figure

is how Boss Dog can be such a little guy.

-HANNAH: Mm-hmm. -(Ethan laughing)

Wait, so, my dog is actually your dog?

He's on permanent loan.

To you.

(chuckling): Okay.

(Hannah chuckling)

Bailey was Ethan's dog when he was a kid,

and he always said that Bailey came back as a different dog

and brought us back together after many years apart.

And now he thinks that Max is Bailey

and Bailey's brought you to us.

She thinks I lost my marbles.

-(CJ laughs) -HANNAH: Oh, well... (mutters)

ETHAN: Yeah, you do.

-I know what I'm talking about on this one. -Mm-hmm. Sure.

You don't believe me, either, CJ, do you?


There's a lot you don't know about that dog.

I could show you.

-Come on, Bailey. -BAILEY: Coming.

(chuckling): Okay.


(grunting): Yeah, it's been a while since I've done this.

I used to do it standing up. (chuckles)

All right, you...

Okay, you ready?

BAILEY: Let's do it just like we used to.

Huh? Okay.


(Ethan tapping football)


Three. Go!

BAILEY: When did this thing get so big?

(gasps softly)

-(barks) -(Ethan chuckling)

Pr-Pretty great, right?

-(Ethan laughing) -Wha...?

Only... only now the...

(grunting): the football weighs more than he does.

Wait. (exhales)

How did...

I don't know how or what.

When Bailey died,

I told him to take care of you.

To protect you.

And I believe that's what he did.

-Ain't that right, Boss Dog? -(barks)

It's kind of weird when you finally get it, right?




BAILEY: He's over there.

Uh, uh, I got to go, Ethan.

You told me to protect her.

♪ ♪



Trent. Trent!

-(gasping) -Wh-What is it? What's wrong?

(catching breath)


Nothing's wrong.

(exhales sharply)

Max was Molly, Trent.

That's how he knew you were sick.

-What? -Max was Molly.

And before Molly, he was Ethan's dog, Bailey.

And I think he was also Big Dog,

who gave me its paw and helped me win 50 dollars.

Uh, okay.


Max brought us together, Trent.

He found me, and then he found you,

and then he saved your life.

All so we could be together.

BAILEY: Oh, come on.

Would you just lick faces already?

Is it possible?

(laughs) No.

No, it's utterly impossible.

But I guess it's true.

I love you, Trent.

(chuckles) I've always loved you.

I've loved you forever.

♪ ♪

BAILEY: Finally.

-(Max barking) -(chuckles)


Thank you, Max.

And Molly.

And Bailey, and Big Dog.

BAILEY: Those are all me.

(chuckling): Yeah.

BAILEY: I did what Ethan asked.

I watched after CJ so that she would have a good life,

-with a good pack. -Wow.

-It looks great. -(laughs)

Hey, you want to hear a song I wrote about you, Max?

BAILEY: I never got tired of hearing CJ say my name.

(both laugh)

I had a lot of lives.

All different.

Sometimes I was big,

and sometimes I was small.

Oh. Oh, here's Mama.

-ETHAN: Oh, yeah. -Oh, hey. How you doing?

-How you doing? -Come here.

-HANNAH: Kiss. -Hey, there.

(whispers): Let's go see the dog.

BAILEY: So many ups and downs.

-Even Gloria came around once in a while. -CJ: Yes.

-(laughing) -BAILEY: I trained her to play.

(laughing): Yeah. That's the puppy.


♪ ♪

BAILEY: So many good-byes.

He'd been with me so many times when I had to leave.

Now I got to be with him.

PRIEST: We release Ethan Montgomery into your care.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.

May the Lord's face shine upon you and give you peace...

(priest continues indistinctly)

BAILEY: So many people.

Through it all, I let the people I loved

know just how much I loved them.

Hey. How's he doing?

He's just been lying there all day.

You're a good boy, Max.

CJ: The best. (sniffles)

Where would we be without you?


You're a good dog, Molly Max.

(crying): You're such a good dog.

BAILEY: Lying there with my girl holding me,

I can feel it happening again.

I knew I was saying good-bye,

but I wasn't sad.

CJ (voice shaking): ♪ Near or far

The end or the start

I'll be here

With you

I'll be here

With you. ♪

♪ ♪



BAILEY: I knew this to be true.

My name was Bailey.

And Molly, and Big Dog, and Max.

I was a good dog, a Boss Dog.

I knew that loving people was my ultimate purpose.

And that being here now,

loving them forever was my reward.



Hello, Boss Dog.

Come on, boy.

Come on. Come on, buddy.

(chuckling): Hey.


All right. Ready?

Ready? Go!

-(Bailey barking) -Way to go, Boss Dog!

(Ethan laughing)

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(music fades)

The Description of A Dog's Journey