Afghanistan Soldier Earns Back Dog After Awful Ex-Girlfriend Gave Pet Away

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Robert Gabbert is a Fort Collins native who is stationed in Afghanistan.

Upon being deployed to deployed to Afghanistan in March, Robert left his 3-year-old Shiba Inu (Baxter) with his girlfriend… who proceeded to SELL THE DOG ON CRAIGSLIST!

Unaware of the circumstances behind the offer, another military family snatched Baxter up, leaving Gabbert inconsolable after the news reached him abroad.

Robert Gabbert and Baxter

"I am currently deployed and my ex sold my dog," Gabbert wrote on Craiglist. "I just found out and I am trying to find the people (person) who bought him. I will pay anything to get him back. His name is Baxter and he is an Shiba Inu.

"I do not have my phone with me. You can email me. The phone number is my mom’s she is helping me locate him. If you have any information PLEASE give us a call or an email."

The message quickly went viral, helping Gabbert’s mom locate the canine - but the new owners were reluctant to give him back.

“They keep saying they have children that are attached,” Gabbert's mother, Karen Fraley, told KOAA. “Well, my child is attached to the dog. Just because he is older doesn’t mean he is not my child.”

Supporters eventually set up a Facebook page called “Help Bring Baxter Home” and the folks behind it have updated the account with great news:

Baxter's temporary second family has agreed to return the pooch to Robert and his parents.

The Colorado Shiba Inu Rescue, a nonprofit organization, has also offered to find a new puppy for these Craiglist buyers.

So all's well that ends well... unless you're the person who next dates Gabbert's ex. She sucks.

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It seems to me there are a few legal issues here, where the ex-girlfriend is concerned. And at the very least she should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the Law. She is the living example of a B-i-t-c-h and needs to be taught a very heavy lesson.


Wow lets hope the woman never has children with another military member and he gets deployed over seas she just might sell the child ...


The second family did absolutely nothing wrong! They bought the dog, brought him home and made him a part of their family. They had Baxter for nearly a year before they found out about Gabbert. Why is he more entitled to Baxter than they are? It isn't fair to Baxter to rip him away from another family. He isn't even going back to Gabbert, as he is still deployed for another 6 months. Poor Baxter is probably going to be confused and feel abandoned, he might not even know Gabberts parents. I say they wait until Gabbert comes back and then let Baxter decide who he wants to live with.

@ cindy

Well ,For one receiving stolen property even if they paid for it is breaking the law ,Cindy they have no right to keep the animal..


As a veteran I also find this family's actions unacceptable on many accounts. First is in the finding it was illegally sold and belonged to a deployed service member. That should have triggered an immediate attempt to right that wrong without compensation! Second is their initial refusal to return Baxter to the soldier. No compassion or loyalty to a fellow service member? And last of all taking money for returning Baxter only after this went public and money was raised. I am glad that Baxter will be returned to his owner. Gabbert will need Baxter a lot to decompress emotionally from his deployment.


One would think as a military family, they would have understood how much this dog meant to this soldier. Whatever happened to "having each others back?" And then to sell the dog back ?


They left out the fact that the horrid second family only agreed to give it up after the group raised 1400 dollars to PAY THEM for a dog that wasn't theirs. As a military family we are ashamed of this family, once the money was raised, the kids weren't "so attached".


Worthless b**ch.


Karma will come back to that x,it always does.