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The Story of Husky Denali

And the Power of Good Intentions

· Rescue,Podcast,Stories

Our behaviorist Jonas Black tells the heartfelt success story of his encounter with Denali the Husky. To hear the full episode, check it out on our Canine Club podcast.

The topic of the week is none other than husky Denali.

I am recording live at the moment and have got a room full of people discussing Denali. We will be taking live questions. The conversation will be on the podcast. Be sure to listen to the episode to catch all of the great questions coming in.

Let’s give a 100% recap of the story. Dun. Dun. Dunnnn.
Denali after he was struck by a car.
Denali was hit on purpose... by the look of it... by a car on Parmer Lane here in Austin, TX. We got Denali to a vet on a blanket, and waited for the owners to arrive. Now, Denali had a completely shattered pelvis and a pair punctured lungs.

So, the owner gets there, and this lady has sky high medical bills. SKY HIGH MEDICAL BILLS. Basically, I watch her come to the conclusion, live in front of me, that she’s gonna have to euthanize her sweet boy… that we are going to have to send him to the rainbow bridge… and I asked her why he wasn’t worth saving... and she disclosed to me that he is worth saving and that she has high medical bills and they can’t afford a surgery of that magnitude, considering that it is complete pelvic reconstruction.

So, I offered my platform immediately… because I think our healthcare system is pretty fucked, and I think our Veterinary system is pretty fucked… because they were 100% about to put Denali down despite him being perfectly healthy… but with no money backing him, there was no reason to keep him alive unfortunately, because the veterinary institution is just that it is a business and an institution.

Now the staff at the Avery Ranch here in Austin TX worked their ASSES OFF to get the surgeon cost down, which is amazing. Denali is currently being taken care of there and boarded. He’s getting 24/7 care there, and: He. Is. Awesome.

I saw this as a call to arms. I see these opportunities as a way to unite people. Immediately, I was like “we are going to raise this money, there’s NO way in HELL we’re going to fail this dog”... and I only came to this conclusion after I sat there in the emergency vet room, in the waiting area, and was thinking to myself “I can’t save them all, I can’t save them all, I can’t save them all... some things are just not meant to be”... and I looked at myself in the mirror after I went to the bathroom to take a piss.

I looked at myself and what I really started to see was a cop out excusing himself, piece of shit, that’s just NOT doing what he’s supposed to be doing. SO first off, I punished myself. I corrected myself... and I realized something: I might not be able to save all of the dogs, but I CAN save this one. I sure as HELL can save this one. So that’s when I offered my platform to them.
These people never asked me for shit.

They were perfectly aware of their financial situation and were ready to let their dog go.
They were not going to beg anybody.
I offered my platform. That’s what saved Denali. Not somebody begging, but somebody like myself (and Heroly, because Heroly backed us), who has built a platform on helping dogs, and built a platform on helping canine owners.

There’s NO way in HELL we are going to fail this dog... We had over 1000 shares on FB. 1000 shares in 12 hours... Thank you so fucking much to anyone who even batted an eye at this campaign to save a dog that they have no idea who he is or where he came from.​ - Jonas Black

That’s what saved Denali.

Along with all of you, who donated, who shared. WE. WENT. VIRAL.

We raised the money within 16 hours. All of it. And now you know what? Denali is stable and he’s going into surgery on Monday. He’s going to get new hips and he’s going to be good to go. He’s going to be Robo Denali - Robo-Cop-Bio-Mech Denali. Stronger. Than Ever.

With the power of intention. Anything is possible. Power to the people. Power to intention and good energy.
We had over 1000 shares on FB. 1000 shares in 12 hours.
Thank you so fucking much to anyone who even batted an eye at this campaign to save a dog that they have no idea who he is or where he came from. They just took my word and trusted me that this was legit, because it sure as shit is.

I just got back from visiting with Denali, and if you go to my Instagram you can also see me hanging out with Denali live. You can see how amazing this guy is.

Denali standing up on broken hips.
During my visit with Denali, what ended up happening… I had to stop filming because I started fucking crying.
Denali on broken hips, while everyone who donated was watching, stands the fuck up.
I don’t know what that the hell that means.

You know I pride myself in being in-tune with canine behavior... he may have just been uncomfortable, but let’s take a second to humanize, and let’s take a second to use this as an analogy: when you are broken and broken down, and you’ve got nothing left, and someone shows compassion, and the hearts and good intentions of 1000s of people come on to you, you get strength. You get strong.

When you are broken and broken down, and you’ve got nothing left, and someone shows compassion, and the hearts and good intentions of 1000s of people come on to you, you get strength. You get strong. - Jonas Black

This is what I learned today. I saw a dog that was supposed to be dead a day and a half ago, because of a shattered hip and pelvic joint, stand up for all of us.
And like I say, I’m not big on humanization... Maybe he was just uncomfortable, but that doesn’t mean we cannot take a lesson out of that.
In his weakest he stood up tall.
In his weakest he showed the most strength possible. On a broken hip and pelvis, he stood up. This is the lesson. This is lesson that we all need.

In our weakest, we are our strongest. - Jonas Black

In our weakest, we are our strongest. We have to remember that.

Maybe I’m just surged up on adrenaline, and maybe I’m surged up on good vibes, and maybe so are the rest of you, but I don’t give a shit, because this is real life... because the greater lesson is while so many human beings are terrible, and one human being potentially ended this guy’s life, so many human beings came together to save him.

There’s still more good than there is bad.

There’s still more good human beings than there are bad.

There are still people willing to help.

I can’t tell you how many times, how many times, we got messages that said “ I would really like to give my last $3 to this cause”... and for all those people, we humbly said “Thank you”... but we sent that $3 back and we put a $10 donation in on the cause, from our pockets. Because thank you... your heart and soul means more to us than you can ever imagine. So, our topic of the week is none other than fucking Denali.
He got cracked by a car going 60 mph... and then a whole bunch of people rallied behind him to make sure that he lives.
And today is a good day… and tomorrow is going to be a good day, too.
Because if there’s one thing this showed me, is that there are people ready to do good, and what’s amazing... do you know what’s great?
It doesn’t matter what side of the political spectrum you fall on, because I had a lot of democrats, and a whole lot of republicans both donate to the same cause.
So, you know what that fucking shows? We all have compassion, we all have the ability to be balanced and know what a good cause is. So stop cannibalizing each other. Stop it. Be a mensch. Stop being idiots. Balanced is the way. Balanced approach to dog training, balanced approach to living.
Look at this, when we put everyone on the same cause, we achieve the impossible, and we literally brought back a dog that was supposed to die.
WE saved him.

I just provided the platform, but the rest of you, you saved him. YOU saved him. Even with a $5 dollar donation. You are just as much a part of it as me, Heroly, as K911, as everyone. You were part of those ax swings that were chopping down the big redwood trunk of Denali’s survival.

Denali the husky lives and he’s going to live further, and he’s going to be a good dog, and you can be sure that my company is donating the training that this family needs so that he can never get out again.
And now I want to talk about something very different. There was a lot of negativity surrounding this campaign coming from the pet industry, and to those people I want to say “Good sir, Good madam, Fuck. You. How dare you... How. Dare. You.”

Because it’s very apparent, we had one person try to do something very bad by killing this dog, and then we had 1000s of people come together to help this mother fucker. - Jonas Black

And yes, there definitely should be an accountability check, and that video is coming out. We are making an accountability video so you can see everything. We did knock the surgeon’s cost down, and we were able to do something really really special. I can’t wait to share with everybody.

The last couple days have shown me that there’s more good in the world than bad.

Because it’s very apparent, we had one person try to do something very bad by killing this dog, and then we had 1000s of people come together to help this mother fucker. That’s what I’m talking about. I’ve been so amped up from positivity. Because the world is still better than it is bad.

If there’s one thing we’ve been talking about on the Heroly page, it's that the balanced approach to dog training is a metaphor for life. Be balanced. Find the right cause, and be balanced in your cause. Stop subscribing to one ideal, or one side alone. You’re only going to shorten and jip your own experience. You’re only going to get half the experience you should get if you don’t live a balanced life.
This goes deeper. This goes deeper than everything else.

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