Author(s): Ben Moon
In the bestselling tradition of Finding Gobi and Marley & Me, the moving story of a dog, his human and the friendship that saved both their lives - and inspired countless others. Ben Moon had no intention of getting a dog until he met the soulful gaze of a husky-pit bull cross pup in a rescue shelter. Ben instantly felt a connection, and his friendship with the extraordinary Denali was born. The two friends set out on the road on an adventure that would take them across the American west and through some of the best years of their lives. When Ben was diagnosed with colorectal cancer at 29, Denali never once left his side until the two adventurers were back out surfing and climbing crags. Soon after Denali was struck by the same disease, and Ben had the chance to return the favour. With the help of filmmaker friends, Ben made a short film as a tribute to the dog he admits helped form him into an adult. It was a labour of love that struck a chord worldwide, viewed by more than 15 million people, and their story continues to touch new audiences. Denali is the story of a unique friendship, and the power of the strength and love we give and receive when we have our mates by our side.