STAGING “GRIEVING ROTTWEILLER” VIDEO
The more I dig into Brett Bennett’s history with his Rottweilers the more disturbing things I find.
I first heard about Bennett a couple of weeks ago when his “Grieving Rottweiler” video went viral (over 4 million views and counting). Like many people I was touched by the video of his Rottweiler Brutus looking extremely sad while laying down next to Hank, his other Rottweiler who had just died.
However, a woman named Anne Fromm that Bennett makes the videos to attract viewers and make money
After looking around on the internet I found several fundraising pages for Bennett, including one posted coincidently after Hank died asking people to donate $100,000 to help his “Grieving Rottweiler” buy a new home.
I also found this fundraiser from early January: “Help Hank and Brutus Raise Money for a New Home” which raised over $6000.
To explain why he needed another $100,000 in addition to the $6000 strangers had already given him, Bennett said, “We have succeeded in our goal, but have been approached by animal lovers from around the world to reach for the stars and to ask for donations to not rent, but to own a home.”
Bennett closed the $100,000 fundraising page soon after people started questioning it. It also wasn’t raising much money. “Animal lovers from around the world” only donated $600 in 5 days.
MORE STAGED VIDEOS FOR CASH
Then I found his staged video at Seattle Children’s Hospital portraying Brutus and Hank as therapy dogs at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Turns out his dogs weren’t in the therapy dogs at the hospital, and he had been kicked out twice for trying to take them inside.
My latest discovery are videos of his dogs in confrontations with other dogs. Bennett makes them for no apparent reason other than generating traffic on his YouTube channel, where he gets the majority of his income.
Sometimes his dogs are perfectly fine. Other times one or both of them fly into a rage and try to attack the other dog, or the other dog tries to attack his dogs. After he pulls the dogs apart, he usually tries to introduce them a few more times, which causes more snarling, lunging confrontations.
A video he calls “PIT BULL VS.ROTTWEILER FIGHT!” which generated over 9 million views on YouTube.
Anyone with even a rudimentary knowledge of dog behavior can tell these dogs are going to go at it. Within seconds of meeting, the dogs begin staring at each other. The pit bull’s tail stops wagging and stands straight up.
Then, after they stare at each other for more than 1o seconds, both dogs try to attack.
GOADING DOGS TO FIGHT
I asked Danette Johnston, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and owner of Dog’s Day Out Seattle to watch the video and share her thoughts about it.
She said Bennett handles the meeting in the exact opposite manner she instructs people to conduct a meeting between dogs.
Specifically, she said that a dog is showing dominance when it stares down another dog.
When 2 dogs are staring at each other an neither one breaks the stare, a confrontation will occur. That’s why she pulls dogs apart if they stare at each other “for more than a second.”
In the first confrontation, the dogs stare at each other for about 12 seconds before they attack.
After they pull the dogs apart, Bennett again brings one of his dog up in the pit bull’s face.
They lunge at each other again. The pit bull pulls its owner to the ground and she almost drops the leash.
If the pit bull had pulled free and attacked or bitten Bennett’s dog, there’s a good chance the pit bull would be turned into a shelter for being a dangerous dog and put down just because Bennett wanted to make a few bucks on a video of dogs snarling at each other.
Here are some of his other videos of staged confrontations. He must come up with these lovely titles to entice people who want to see dog fights:
These staged confrontations are dangerous, and I hope he stops them before a dog or person is hurt.