Denali and Ben – A Beautiful Story of Friendship and Loyalty

Ben & Denali – A Beautiful Story of Friendship and Loyalty

Some people call it good and evil.  Some call it darkness and light. Others, yin and yang. No matter what you call it, life has a way of showing us both the best and worst that the world has to offer.

Denali & Ben – A Beautiful Story of Friendship and LoyaltyIn the life of Ben Moon, Denali was the absolute best that life had to offer, even through the darkest times.  

Denali and Ben – A Beautiful Story of Friendship and Loyalty

Ben and Denali were inseparable as they traveled and experienced life and nature throughout the western United States.  

Denali & Ben – A Beautiful Story of Friendship and Loyalty Denali & Ben – A Beautiful Story of Friendship and Loyalty

From hikes through the wilderness to surfing at the beach, Denali earned the title that so many dogs are given…man’s best friend.

Denali and Ben – A Beautiful Story of Friendship and Loyalty

In 2004, Ben was diagnosed with stage three cancer.  Denali stayed by his side, refusing to leave the hospital room.  With Denali by his side, Ben recovered.  

Denali & Ben – A Beautiful Story of Friendship and LoyaltyDenali and Ben – A Beautiful Story of Friendship and Loyalty

Ten wonderful years later, Denali faced his own battle with cancer.  Ben responded in kind, staying with Denali.  Knowing that his friend’s time was near an end, Ben made a film dedicated to his faithful friend.  

He took Denali to visit many of their favorite places and experience life one last time with his best friend.

Denali & Ben – A Beautiful Story of Friendship and Loyalty Denali & Ben – A Beautiful Story of Friendship and LoyaltyDenali and Ben – A Beautiful Story of Friendship and Loyalty

The short film (below) tells the story from Denali’s perspective in the last few days.  It’s a beautiful look at a life filled with friendship and loyalty.  A life summed up in a simple quote from the film:

“When someone you love walks through the door, even if it happens five times a day, you should go totally insane with joy.”


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24 comments

  1. A co-worker shared this story with me recently; I was a total basket case after watching it but it underscored the tremendous bond between humans and canines, friendship and loyalty. Ben is a remarkable young man and Denali was a treasure of a fur-kid. Together, the two of them touch my heart.

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  2. Thank you for telling your story and for creating this heartwarming video. Alas, we all know, when you love an animal, it is probable that the animal will leave you first. But it is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all.

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