Soldier Comes Home from War to Find his Dog Was Given Away


A soldier representing the Joint Base Lewis McCord (JBLM) came home from Afghanistan only to find that the person who was caring for his dog had given it away. Back in November of 2012, Brandon Harker was deployed to Afghanistan and asked a friend to care for his dog Oakley.

Upon his return home, Harker had found that Oakley had been given away. However, through social media, Harker found out that Oakley had been put up for sale on Craigslist. Despite the story of Oakley spreading across the U.S., there is still no sign of the dog. Harker is completely dumbfounded as his dog is tagged and microchipped.

Harker says the dog has some identifying characteristics. “A big one would be his unique coat – he’s a full bred lab yet his coat has spots on it all over his body from his face down to his tail. It’s pretty rare for a lab to have spots.” Harker says he “has no idea” why his friend gave away his dog. “I wish I knew,” he said.

If you have information, contact Harker via the Help Find Oakley Facebook page.  As for the friend who took care of the dog, he/she still hasn’t been identified.  And the reason for Oakley being given up is still unknown.

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