"When someone you love walks through the door, even if it happens five times a day, you should go totally insane with joy."
So says photographer Ben Moon (quoting writer David Dudley) in this deeply moving tribute to Denali, his late dog. It suggests we can learn a lot from dogs, including the best way to greet the ones we love.
The soulful, and at times humorous, short video recalls Moon and Denali's adventures together -- from the carefree moments to the deathly realizations and back again -- narrated from Denali's perspective.
"There's no easy way to say goodbye to a friend," the video's tagline notes, "especially when they've supported you through your darkest times."
Warning: Don't watch this unless you're OK with openly weeping in your current location. If you have a dog, clear your schedule as you're liable to spend the next half hour hugging it out.
Moon's film won both the Best of Festival and People's Choice awards when it premiered at the 5Point Film Festival, according to the Daily Beast. It was also an official selection at Telluride Mountainfilm.
It's been a year since Denali passed on, I still miss that guy! My mom snapped this photo of us in '04 while I was in the hospital after cancer surgery. Denali never left my side during that intense year, and I was so grateful for his companionship and to the nurses who let him stay with me. #mansbestfriend
Rather than posting another "it's snowing in Portland!" photo, here's a #tbt in honor of Denali, an image of he and I reuniting in 2003 after my two month trip to Kauai, one of the rare instances when we were separated for more than a week or two. We both seem pretty stoked! Thank you all for the calls, texts, comments and messages of support this week--it means a lot and it's a testament to how many lives Denali truly touched. #mansbestfriend