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.
"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.