Soldier Looking for His Dog That Was Given Away During Deployment

Written by Alessia

Brandon Harker, a soldier from Washington state, returned home from an eight month deployment last month to find that his two year old dog, Oakley, was given away or sold by the friend who was supposed to be watching him. Harker has taken to craigslist to try and find Oakley, letting the public know that the dog is microchipped, has an interesting coat, and is very friendly.


The full craigslist add reads as follows:

“I just recently returned from a 9 month deployment. And upon arrival back into the area I found out my yellow labrador retriever was either given away or sold while I was gone. I was told this happened in May, but it could have happened anytime from February till June. He is good with kids and other dogs. He has a unique coat, on his face he has spots of a darker yellow (champagne) he also has spots of the same color going down his sides and legs. If anyone has any information on this and can help me please do. I am just trying to get him back to me since he was wrongfully given away or sold with out my permission while I was deployed. I will also be able to verify the dog is mine because he is micro-chipped and registered to me. Once again thank you to everyone who sees this and tries to help. If you could spread the word about this issues that would be great as well.”

I haven’t been able to find anything online about Brandon finding Oakley yet, but it’s been less than a month, so hopefully by getting the story out there more and more he will be able to find Oakley and bring him home where he belongs. Hopefully in the meantime Oakley is with a loving family who will understand the situation when it comes about.

Alessia xx

About the author


I'm Alessia, owner of a rottweiler/beagle mix named Lucas (aka Lucifer - you can put two and two together on why he gets that nickname). I love all things dogs and puppies, among many other things such as babies, coffee, and nail polish. I like to write a lot and take loads of pictures, so blogging is right up my alley. Look out for posts by me on this blog, as well as my personal blog.