“When someone you love walks through the door, even if it happens five times a day, you should go totally insane with joy.”
The video below, entitled “Denali,” is told from the point of view of a dog. It’s a gorgeous expression of love, gratitude, and friendship — and the journey a dog named Denali took with his owner, surfer/photographer Ben Moon.
It was unexpected love at first sight when Ben first met Denali, but it was undeniable. After Ben and his girlfriend broke up, Ben left Portland, OR to begin living as a free-spirited nomad in the high deserts of Bend, OR. Denali went, too. In fact, he everywhere with Ben. From hikes to beaches, the bonded duo traveled throughout the western United States. It was a life full of adventure, freedom, and joy.
In June 2004, tragedy struck. Ben was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer. Denali stood faithfully by his side, refusing to leave the hospital room. Throughout the surgeries, treatments, and procedures, there was Denali, resting gently beside Ben. The dog’s healing power played a huge role in Ben’s recovery.
Denali had been a big part of Ben’s photography, even taking his rightful place on magazine covers throughout the years. In early 2014, Denali himself endured cancer, and Ben promised to never let him suffer. According to Ruffwear, he told him it was okay to let go. But after production began for the “Denali” film a week later, Ben asked Denali if he could stick around for another month.
Exactly one month later, at midnight, Denali developed a bad cough. Moon and Denali played on the beach the next day. The following morning he gave Ben the look; it was time to go.
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