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JBLM Soldier Returns From Deployment To Find His Dog Might Have Been Sold

Q13 Fox is reporting the Brandon Harker returned from Afghanistan to learn his dog, Oakley, had been given away and possibly sold on Craigslist.

Oakley's owner, Brandon Harker, returned from Afghanistan to learn his dog had been given away and possibly sold on Craigslist during his absence. Since then, the JBLM soldier has been on a mission to find his four-legged friend. Credit: Craigslist
Oakley's owner, Brandon Harker, returned from Afghanistan to learn his dog had been given away and possibly sold on Craigslist during his absence. Since then, the JBLM soldier has been on a mission to find his four-legged friend. Credit: Craigslist
A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier went to Afghanistan and lost his best friend.

But it had nothing to do with combat. The JBLM soldier returned home to find that someone possibly sold his dog on Craigslist.

Q13 Fox is reporting that Brandon Harker asked a friend to watch Oakley, his 2-year-old retriever, while he was on his eight-month deployment. Upon return, he learned that his dog had been given away and perhaps sold earlier this year, according to the station.

Since his return, Harker has hit the social mediasphere hoping someone, anyone has seen his dog. He even posted an ad on Craigslist with the following text:

I just recently returned from a 9 month deployment. And upon arrival back into the area I found out my yellow labrador retriever was either given away or sold while I was gone. I was told this happened in May, but it could have happened anytime from February till June.

He is good with kids and other dogs. He has a unique coat, on his face he has spots of a darker yellow (champagne) he also has spots of the same color going down his sides and legs.

If anyone has any information on this and can help me please do. I am just trying to get him back to me since he was wrongfully given away or sold with out my permission while I was deployed.

I will also be able to verify the dog is mine because he is micro-chipped and registered to me. Once again thank you to everyone who sees this and tries to help. If you could spread the word about this issues that would be great as well.


Patch will update this story with any new developments.

Maria Pia July 25, 2013 at 09:17 PM
sharing Brandon!
Imagen Bush July 25, 2013 at 11:33 PM
I shared on my Facebook page. Hope he gets his pup back!
Clariece Tally July 26, 2013 at 11:08 AM
Why hasn't the "friend" who sold the dog been identified? His "friend" committed a crime in that he sold something that did not belong to him. Whoever brought the dog should be reassured they will not be charged with anything. Once you identify the "friend" it may be easier to find the dog.
Clover Park Veterinary Hospital July 26, 2013 at 11:55 AM
Brandon. I'm a veterinarian in your area. I would suggest going around to all the local veterinarians and leave the microchip number with them. We get a lot of new pets bought off Craig's list and we have no way of knowing that you did not sell the dog. Most dogs are sold locally in the same area.
Flika Cat July 26, 2013 at 03:47 PM
I shared on my F.B. page & I sent an e-mail of your story to my vet, (so they could keep an eye out too) I KNOW what it's like to have a pet missing, my kittie went missing for 12 days & I was just beside myself untill I found her. GOOD LUCK - I hope you find your doggie soon :-)
Flika Cat July 26, 2013 at 04:47 PM
my vet just posted your story on their F.B. page :-)
Rosa Joseph July 26, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Go on TV. Contact as many networks as possible. Someone WILL air your story, and someone will recognize the dog.
Cathy Jansen July 27, 2013 at 12:06 AM
i'm in NJ but will share your story on my page. hoping you will find your dog soon. my nephew recently returned from his deployment in afghanistan, so my heart goes out to you in a special way. i can't imagine coming home and having this happen. thank you for your service and sacrifice for our country. you deserve a much better homecoming!!!! God Bless!!!!
Scooch Senior July 27, 2013 at 10:23 AM
I'm posting this everywhere I can & I'm in CT. "HELP! G.I.'s dog given away while he was deployed. Please spread to anyone you know who might know someone in the state of Wash. if you do ask them to tell their Veterinarians. If anyone brings this dog to a vet & they know the dog is relatively new to the "owner" they could scan his chip! - Please post this to your social media, Twitter/Facebook whatever. The dog has a chip so Vets in the state could lookout for him & scan any dog that comes in new to that office. The soldier's contact info is in this article. Let's help this guy - we all OWE him"! http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Soldier-pleas-for-dogs-safe-return-217150831.html

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