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.
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