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Denali: A Man, a Dog, and the Friendship of a Lifetime

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  111 ratings  ·  27 reviews
The story of a dog, his human, and the friendship that saved both of their lives.

When Ben Moon moved from the Midwest to Oregon, he hadn't planned on getting a dog. But when he first met the soulful gaze of a rescue pup in a shelter, Ben instantly felt a connection, and his friendship with Denali was born. The two of them set out on the road together, on an adventure that
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Penguin Books
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Gloria Arthur
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Beware !!! Reading this did bring me to tears!

This is a moving true story of a man and his husky-pit bull cross friend, Denali. Ben Moon is an adventurer and lives a very active life, surfing, rock climbing and adventure photography. He and Denali lived a ‘dirtbag’ lifestyle, camping near Ben’s climbing sites and enjoying the freedom of nature.

In the midst of this story Ben is diagnosed with colorectal cancer at the young age of 29! His story is inspiring and documents his struggle and survival
Renee Hermansen
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is a very personal and touching story of Ben Moon's life that he shared with Denali (His dog). They had a very active and adventurous life and were always together.
It covers Ben's divorce and his battle with colorectal cancer. His struggles with learning how to live with a colostomy bag and other changes in his life.
The incredible love and support that is portrayed between man and his dog in this book will touch anyone who reads this book. This book also reinforced to me the fact that
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I knew when the main character went in and adopted a shelter dog, I would be hooked. The bond between and Ben and Denali was inspiring to read about and I loved hearing about their care free life style. The author is brutally honest when talking about his diagnosis and battle to beat colon cancer. Denali and many others help him get through some dark times and when it is Denali's turn to fight for his life, Ben knows what it is like. This is an easy but deep read that I recommend for anyone who ...more
Jessica White
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ben Moon was in his mid-20s, living near the mountains, and trying to save his crumbling marriage. This was never the life he wanted, but he began building his new life around climbing, surfing, and photography. That's when he knew he needed a new companion, a dog. Denali was just a few weeks old when Ben spotted him in the shelter. He knew this was the dog he wanted to spend forever with.

Ben and Denali lived in a van, living the "dirtbag" lifestyle. They lived a life on the road, camping near
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
We already know that dogs save us in so many ways. Denali is there for Ben during a divorce, awkward social settings and, finally, colon cancer. Their relationship over 14 years helps Ben grow into a confident human. There is a film on You Tube that you must watch after reading the book.
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dogs, edelweiss
A heartwarming and moving book that kept me hooked till the end.
I loved this stories and it touched my heart.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A truly inspiring read. Ben's strength at overcoming the odds is incredible. The bond between Denali and Ben was a big factor in Ben's healing both physically and emotionally.
To be able to travel, and work a job you also Love/enjoy and on top of that have inspiring/supportive friends and co-workers that was also a factor in his healing. To have Denali diagnosed with cancer also was heartbreaking, yet the bond between the two of them and the love and support they gave to each othet got them thru
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway and was so excited to read it. I couldn't put it down! Ben's story of his life with his dog Denali is a beautiful one, his battle with cancer and how Denali was always there for him will touch your heart. This book made me laugh, cry and now my dog Izaak will get even more hugs I absolutely loved this and highly recommend ...more
Mimi Jones
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Denali, a half-husky, half pit bull shelter dog, accompanies his owner, Ben Moon, through Ben's footloose days as a "dirtbag," a rock-climbing enthusiast living in his car in Western parks. Later, Denali sees Ben through a grueling bout of colon cancer at age 29. The bond between man and dog is very moving. (If the following information didn't appear in the promotional copy of the book it would be a spoiler, but since it does, it isn't.) Ben later returns the favor to his beloved companion, when ...more
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was given this advance, uncorrected proof for review. This was a very unique book about an avid outdoorsman who transformed his love of sports and nature into a thriving career as an outdoor, action photographer. It is also the story of his relationship with his dog, Denali, who he adopts as a puppy. Denali was a special dog who was able to fit into the author's extremely active (and often nomadic lifestyle). While his lifestyle seems free and idyllic he doesn't shy away from the hardships of ...more
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced copy of Denali for early review from Penguin Books in exchange for an honest review.

Ben Moon and Denali's story is one of friendship, love, compassion, devotion, and extreme adventure. The joy they brought to each other's lives is present and shown throughout the story. Moon has a way of sharing the adventure and experience that is present and real, drawing the reader in, making you want a happy ending for all involved.

At times, the story is somewhat repetitive,
Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I just finished the book. His relationship with his dog Denali is very similar that I have with my dog Jura.
It's weird to feel a connection with someone you've never spoken too, lives at the other side of the world and probably will never meet. Just being outside with your dog is the purest and authentic experience you can have. People often distract and even alone we are not grounded as much as with a dog.
It's the connection with our dog, with our best friend, that keeps us grounded. It makes
Kathleen Gray
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's always hard to review a memoir because, at least for me, it feels as though the reviewer is making judgements about the author's life and choices. Here, Moon tells the tale of his own challenges and those of his dog Denali in an unflinching way and he does it well. He was a young, arrogant (let's be honest) man when he was diagnosed with colon cancer, which sent him into a depression. About the only positive thing in his life was Denali, who he had rescued from a shelter. You know from the ...more
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book free through the good reads first reads program in exchange for my Honest review. In the beginning the book was a little slow going to me and I wondered if I would be able to finish it. I'm so glad that I continued and finished it, such a beautiful story. Everything that Ben was put through in his life and never gave up with the help from his best friend Denali, Who happens to be a dog. The story was beautiful touching and at times had me laughing and crying. I ...more
Alexander Kreher
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you find yourself not liking the flow of the story, or the writing style, or think you are not connecting with Ben’s story than please just keep reading. I am so glad I did and ended up falling in love with Ben, his story and Denali. I was able to connect to him way more once I found out he is a photographer/filmmaker and loves the outdoors. But I am sure for anybody who has or had a dog and is going through similar health issues as Ben did can connect on a whole other level! Definitely ...more
Aaron Lopez
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Denali is a wonderfully written book by Ben Moon about the power of friendship and love. The story journeys through the life of Denali the dog and his owner Ben. We see tragedy and triumph and unselfish love displayed throughout the book.

I think this book really shows how much man's best friend can enrich life and how deep their love is. This book is an experience that can change lives.

I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Alicia Farmer
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This story deserves 5+ stars, and I am grateful to have read, and learned, from it's two characters. I rate the book 4 stars because, after being hooked at the beginning, I was bored for the first third of the book. It still isn't a page turner after that; just a guy honestly telling his and his dog's story. But by the end you've learned a lot, cried, and feel that this story needs to be shared. Thank you, Ben, for being brave enough to share it.
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was not what I expected when I requested to read it from Good Reads. I was sent this book and read it right away.

I had a difficult time reading about all Ben Moon's problems. However, he writes very well and very detailed information. I do believe this book will help many people who are going through medical and mental problems. I highly recommend it for this reason.
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I finished Denali and really can’t stop thinking about it and telling all of my dog-loving friends about it!! A beautiful soul-bearing journey that has me hugging my dog and my whole family even more tightly!! Thank you Ben Moon!!!!

Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounding up because of the end of the book he finally got through to me. Avid animal lover I felt this was his memoir, not denali's. This young man faced cancer at a young age, grateful he is flourishing now and congrats on his sucesses.
Michelle Arredondo
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and moving story. Tears flowed, feelings were felt, and all was well after reading this book.

Thanks to the people at goodreads and to author Ben Moon for my copy of this book that I won via giveaway. I received. I read. I reviewed this book honestly and voluntarily.
Dec 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Started reading and after a while had to stop. Was not entertaining to hear about his depression, etc. I really prefer books that are uplifting.
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent ! Touched my heart deeply! I highly recommend this book to everyone!
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 stars
Graham Hodge
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful and inspiring story. ...more
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
The bond between and Ben and Denali was inspiring to read about and I loved hearing about their carefree lifestyle. The author is brutally honest when talking about his diagnosis and battle to beat colon cancer. Denali and many others help him get through some dark times and when it is Denali's turn to fight for his life. This is an easy but deep read that I recommend for anyone who loves dogs.
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