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03/24/2013 12:37 pm ET Updated Mar 27, 2013

Dog Travels 10 Miles In The Cold To Find His Mate (PHOTO)

Anyone who has experienced a dog's limitless love knows that it has the power to accomplish amazing things.

A rescued stray named Ben walked 10 miles through a midwestern winter to find the love of his life -- a shy shelter dog named Jade.

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Ben and Jade's story began long before owners Courtney and Jason Lawler came into their lives. According to the Tribune-Star, the dogs (both mixed German Shepherds) were initially strays living on the north end of Terre Haute, Indiana.

When one-year-old Jade became pregnant with 4-year-old Ben's puppies last summer, staffers from the Terre Haute Humane Shelter trapped them and took them to the shelter so they could better care for the mother-to-be.

“They were a bonded pair,” shelter manager Charles Brown told told the Tribune-Star. Ben and Jade were inseparable during the several months they spent at the shelter and even shared the same pen. But they were later torn apart when the Lawler's, who were only looking for one pet, adopted Ben.

"We had him for about three weeks, and we thought he was OK, but he got loose on us," Courtney Lawler told NBC2 News. Ben escaped the Lawler's home last December and went in search of Jade at the shelter 10 miles away.

About 24 hours later, Ben had found his way back to Jade. "He came out of nowhere and started licking her through the fence, like they were kissing," Courtney said of the dogs' reunion.

When the Lawlers realized it wouldn't do to separate the pair again, they adopted Jade as well and brought both dogs home.

Ben and Jade “want to be together," Debbie Floyd, the Humane Society board's president, told the Tribune-Star. "There hasn’t been a lot of human love in their lives. They found love with eachother and that what’s make them happy … Hopefully, they will live their lives happily ever after.”

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