Video: Denali, the Adventure Dog

Candice Gaukel Andrews August 20, 2015 5
Ben Moon fell in love with a pit bull-husky mix he soon named Denali. ©From the video “‪Denali,‬” Moon‬‬house, 2015

Photographer Ben Moon fell in love with a pit bull-husky mix he soon named Denali. ©From the video “‪Denali,‬” Moon‬‬house, 2015

Sometimes it takes our four-footed best friends to remind us what adventures are all about and what being outdoors can do for us—mentally, physically and spiritually.

In 1999, Portland, Oregon-based photographer and cinematographer Ben Moon walked into an animal shelter and met a pit bull-husky mix he later named Denali. For the next decade and a half, Ben and Denali rarely left each other’s sides, whether it was climbing mountains or camping in many of our national parks.

] For 16 years, Ben and Denali were inseparable. ©From the video “‪Denali,‬” Moon‬‬house, 2015

For 16 years, Ben and Denali were inseparable. ©From the video “‪Denali,‬” Moon‬‬house, 2015

In his 16th year, however, Denali developed cancer. Knowing that his dog’s last days were upon him, Ben took Denali on a road trip one last time to film a tribute to his canine companion. That short film is below.

In an interview for National Geographic’s adventure blog, Beyond the Edge, writer Mary Anne Potts asked Ben Moon what Denali had taught him. Ben replied that Denali always reminded him of the importance of being out in nature. His dog, he said, was never that stoked on being in the city but would truly come to life and be full of joy when they were hiking into a crag or playing on the beach.

Sometimes, our four-footed best friends remind us that life is about adventures. ©From the video “‪Denali,‬” Moon‬‬house, 2015

Sometimes, our four-footed best friends are the ones that remind us that life is about adventures. ©From the video “‪Denali,‬” Moon‬‬house, 2015

Watch the seven-minute film. If it doesn’t make you want to jump up and get out to explore the world with your best friend—two- or four-footed—nothing will.

Here’s to finding your true places and natural habitats,

Candy

Denali walks on a beach during his last road trip. ©From the video “‪Denali,‬” Moon‬‬house, 2015

Denali walks on a beach during his last road trip. ©From the video “‪Denali,‬” Moon‬‬house, 2015

 

 

5 Comments »

  1. Michael Hamilton August 24, 2015 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Tears of joy! Right on brother.

  2. Pierre van den Berg August 24, 2015 at 2:37 am - Reply

    Yes, so relevant. It makes you cry all over again. But I am so fortunate to still have dog number 4 with me – “Memphis”, my black lab is now 6 years old. We will be going to the beach together as soon as the weather improves – I have booked us a date in my diary for next week.

    Thanks Candice, your blogs are my favourite.

    Pierre van den Berg [South Africa]

  3. Guy Botterill August 22, 2015 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    Love this video

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