Last June, a horrific car accident shattered the Michigan-based Benson Family. Gary Benson and his daughter, Emily, were both killed in the crash -- which happened in New Mexico -- and 18-month old Benjamin was seriously injured.

The Benson family was riding on a remote stretch of Interstate 40 near Tucumcari, N.M., when their 2001 Chevrolet minivan overturned.

Gary's wife, Monica, and four of their children, including Benjamin, were among the survivors. The June 15 accident tossed the family dog, a Maltese named Caesar, from the vehicle, and the family tried in vain to locate him.

While Benjamin was recovering in the hospital, he repeatedly asked his mother where his beloved Caesar was. Monica had posted photos of the dog in Benjamin's hospital room.

Sometime after the accident, Caesar was found and brought to an animal shelter. A volunteer at the shelter noticed that the dog was wearing a microchip -- a device that provides contact information of the dog's owners in the event a pet is lost -- and was able to track down the Benson family.

The dog was ultimately returned to the Bensons this past Saturday. Monica Benson told The Detroit News the dog recognized his owners he and "it was an amazing evening."

[Source: Kansas City Star]