From road trips and surfing to cancer treatment, they shared many unforgettable experiences.
Now, the unbreakable bond between a man and his dog has been captured in a moving short film.
The video was created by photographer Ben Moon in tribute to his beloved pet, Denali, who spent more than 14 years by his side, through the highs and lows of life, until he was put down last year.
In it, Moon recalls his time with Denali from the dog’s points of view, detailing how his pet was there for him when he was diagnosed with Stage Three colorectal cancer in 2004 and lost his insurance.
Together through the highs and lows of life: In a heartbreaking video, photographer Ben Moon pays tribute to his beloved pet dog, Denali, who spent more than 14 years by his side until he was put down last year. Above, Moon is joined by Denali in hospital in 2004 while undergoing treatment for Stage Three colorectal cancer
Carefree: Moon and Denali are pictured on one of the road trips, during which they lived in a Subaru wagon
Pure joy: Citing writer David Dudley, Moon suggests that humans can learn a lot from dogs: ‘When someone you love walks through the door, even if it happens five times a day, you should go totally insane with joy’
He also recounts how they would spend their days living a ‘nomadic’ lifestyle, going on road trips, surfing and camping, until Denali began his own battle with cancer and eventually passed away.
Citing writer David Dudley, Moon implies people can learn a lot from dogs: ‘When someone you love walks through the door, even if it happens five times a day, you should go totally insane with joy.’
The film, which won the Best of Festival and People’s Choice awards at its premiere at Colorado’s 5Point Film Festival, starts with Moon and Denali playing on the beach, days before Denali’s death.