Deployed Soldier Returns Home And Discovers His Dog Was Sold

Imagine coming home after a long trip out of the country. You’re tired, and all you want to do is see your dedicated, dependable dog, whom you’ve left in the care of a friend during your absence. Upon arriving, you notice someone missing; where is my poochie partner?

This was the scene waiting for Brandon Harker in Lakewood, WA last week, a Joint Base Lewis McChord soldier returning from an 8-month tour in Afghanistan. Upon arriving home, Harker wanted nothing more than to spend time with Oakley, his 2-year-old purebred yellow Labrador retriever. He gave his dog-sitting friend a call, and much to his dismay, was informed that his “friend” had given him away!

Harker immediately reached out to various social media networks in order to find Oakley, and received responses from several people that they had seen the dog listed for sale on Craiglist at the end of this past winter. Oakley is micro-chipped and registered, and as such Harker has been in touch with various local shelters, veterinarians, and dog organizations, keeping his fingers crossed for any news.

Since then, Harker has listed a Craigslist ad of his own, explaining his situation and complete with pictures of himself and his dog. It is his hope that his friends or strangers will see the pictures and discovers his dog.  Oakley has a unique coat, with spots of darker yellow on his face, with similarly colored spots running down his legs and sides. Harker’s pleading tone resounds in all of our hearts as he begs, “If anyone has any information on this and can help me please do.” You can find the Craiglist ad, and contact info for Harker here.

What would your initial response be, and how would you feel, if you returned home after work or a vacation out of the country and found your precious poochie partner puppy-napped? Please let us know in the comments section below!

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