When 1st Lt. Brandon Harker returned home from Afghanistan recently, he discovered that the friend who was supposed to be watching his dog while he was deployed had given the animal away. Now, the soldier has turned to Craigslist for help finding his beloved pet.
Harker got Oakley, a purebred yellow Labrador retriever, back in 2011 while he was based in Georgia, according to CNN. Last year, before heading off to Afghanistan, he handed Oakley over to a “good friend” to take care of while he was overseas.
“Every time, while I was gone, I asked about him,” Harker told CNN. His supposed friend would insist the dog was fine and was “acting like his regular self.”
“I’d ask for a picture every now and then,” he said. “But I never got any pictures sent to me.”