For anyone that has had to say goodbye to a pet you loved more than life itself, you can appreciate just what it took for Ben Moon to create the film below about his dog, Denali. It’s one of the most touching and beautifully crafted tributes to love you will ever see in your life (I mean it), and it deserves to be shared with the world. A flat-out gripping, heartwarming, and masterfully put-together piece of art.
Ben cleverly opted to narrate this story through Denali’s point of view, which is only fitting considering they have such a strong bond that you get the sense he knew exactly what his pooch was thinking at all times. Ben offers us a glimpse inside the mind of an animal who knows he’s dying, and captures how he might express himself if he only had the ability to speak to his human best friend.
As if this story wasn’t powerful enough, we learn that not only is Ben a cancer survivor, but that Denali refused to leave his hospital bed while he recovered. Denali knew Ben needed his strength to pull through, he just didn’t know that he would have to ask for the same strength in return down the road. What the best friends would later find out, is that Denali would also be diagnosed with cancer, and no amount of bedside cuddling was going to save him.
So watch the story of Ben and Denali below, and witness what unconditional love and understanding really means. I tend to be stoic, but there was no way I was making it through this without crying. We’d love to hear what you thought of Ben’s tribute to Denali, and feel the best thing we can do is spread this message of friendship and love. We hope you feel the same.