Dog Honored with Valor Award for Saving Woman’s Life

John Benton knew something was amiss when his dog tried to prevent him from leaving his home for the office.

On a quiet July morning, Titan suddenly blocked the doorway as Benton attempted to go to work. “He ran down the steps and would not let me go out the front door,” Benton said. “He was barking and running around in circles, he’d run up a few flights of steps and run back down just to keep me from going to let me know something was wrong. And that’s when I followed him up the stairs to see what he was trying to tell me.”

Benton found his wife, Gloria, unconscious and bleeding from a head injury. Doctors would later tell him she had suffered from a brain aneurysm and had fractured her skull. They also said that if Titan hadn’t come to the rescue that fateful morning, Gloria’s chances of survival would have been slim.

For his heroism, Titan has been honored by The Humane Society of the United States in the 5th Annual Dogs of Valor Awards. The award has earned him national recognition, and the Benton’s say they could not be more proud of their loyal companion – even though Gloria admits that she didn’t even want a pit bull at first.


  1. Tracey says on  07/24/2012 at 8:44 pm

    Good Dog! I am glad that he saved the day.

  2. SSB Pack says on  07/24/2012 at 9:44 pm

    What a wonderful dog!

    So happy and so adorable with his great big smile. Mrs. Benton is very lucky to have Titan keeping an eye on her.

  3. Anonymous says on  07/25/2012 at 12:23 am

    Titan is one amazing dog!!!

  4. Marco says on  07/25/2012 at 10:00 am

    Titan……that is a classy name for a dog. My sense of humor would give a name like FANG to a doggie small enough to fit in a gym bag. LOL

  5. Lynn Boyd says on  07/25/2012 at 11:21 am

    What a handsome little hero!

  6. Cheryl F says on  07/25/2012 at 2:57 pm

    Pit Bulls are grand – I wish evil people would stop brutalizing them and trying to make them mean to groom their own egos.

    These dogs will protect, love, and serve even though it might cost them their own lives.

    Let’s have some respect for Pits! Good boy, Titan!

  7. Becca k says on  07/25/2012 at 4:41 pm

    And pitts get such a bac name and they are one of the best dogs out there they are nothing more then big teddy bears they only do what is told of them can’t blame the dog blame the owner I’m so happy to see Pitts being notice for there loyalty

  8. Anonymous says on  07/25/2012 at 7:12 pm

    Way’da go puppy dog,,,,,you show the world what your kind is made of! ;D

  9. staci says on  07/25/2012 at 11:27 pm

    Awww what a wonderful dog. This warms my heart:)

  10. Anonymous says on  07/26/2012 at 1:48 pm

    Who the Hell is cutting all these onions?

  11. Anonymous says on  07/26/2012 at 6:13 pm

    Too bad the HS of the USA had to sully the event by getting involved. Great Pittie!

  12. Ruth Woodhouse says on  07/29/2012 at 3:27 am

    Wonderful story!

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