Worst Girlfriend of All Time Sells Deployed Soldier’s Dog and He's Finally Getting Him Back

Could you imagine being away and returning to find your dog not just gone, but sold?

By | Posted: June 19, 2014, 7 a.m. PST

A soldier deployed in Afghanistan may be getting his dog back thanks to strangers who rallied to help him after his ex-girlfriend sold the pooch while he was overseas.

After being deployed to Afghanistan, Robert Gabbert left his three-year-old Shibu Inu, Baxter with his girlfriend. For unknown reasons the now, ex-girlfriend sold the dog on Craigslist and dropped all contact with the family, refusing to say who Baxter had been sold to, reports Colorado news station KOAA 5.

Gabbert’s family created a Facebook page and amazingly they were able to track down the military family who bought Baxter.  While this should have been a time to celebrate, the story doesn’t end here. The new owners, who have had Baxter for a month, were reluctant to give the dog back because their children have grown "attached.”

"They keep saying they have children that are attached," Robby's mother tells KOAA 5. "Well, my child is attached to the dog. Just because he's older doesn't mean he's not my child." 

A supporter of the "Bring Baxter Back” facebook page, Nancy Wallace, told Koaa.com that while she understands the family's frustrations, the dog deserves to be reunited with his rightful owner.

Robby and Baxter

While legally the new owner’s didn't have to return the dog, the Gabbert family offered up $1,400 for Baxter's return and the Colorado Shiba Inu rescue also offered to help Baxter's new family find another dog. After negotiations and days of waiting, they have finally agreed to return the dog to Robby and his family.

Gabbert will be deployed in Afghanistan for another six months and we are sure he is looking forward to a happy reunion with this best friend.

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Christopher   nyc, New York

6/19/2014 9:41:35 AM

The new owners were not too happy about giving back the dog, telling that their dog had become too attached in the course of a week (well that's children for you). Then again maybe they shouldn’t have had to give the dog. Then again the family did act in good faith and could only assume that the sale was legitimate. And yet perhaps most can agree that morally they did the right thing by agreeing to give the dog back (there are whispers of pay-offs) but what about the morals of the ex girlfriend, or was this her way of getting back at Robby?

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