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    With friends like these...Soldier returns from war, finds his dog was given away

    With friends like this who needs enemies? Seriously?

    Soldier returns from war, finds his dog was given away or sold
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    by Judy Oehling
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    LAKEWOOD, Wash. — A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier was devastated when he returned home from deployment to find his dog was missing — and possibly sold on Craigslist.

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    JBLM soldier Brandon Harker turns to social media to find his missing dog, believed to be sold during his deployment.

    Brandon Harker returned last week after an 8-month deployment to Afghanistan. He was excited to see Oakley, his 2-year-old purebred yellow Labrador retriever.

    Harker had asked a friend to take care of Oakley while he was deployed. When he contacted the friend to pick him up, he was told the dog had been given away.
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    That is absolutely terrible! I hope he finds his dog..

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    Selling something that is not yours is theft. He should threaten having his 'friend' charged with a crime - that may assist the 'friend' in remembering who he sold the dog to.

    I can't say enough bad things about someone that would sell a deployed soldier's dog out from under him. If he didn't want to take care of the dog, he shouldn't have taken it. If he changed his mind, it would have been easy to find someone to take care of it. How many responses do you think a "Take care of a deployed Soldier's dog" craigslist ad would get - you'd be inundated with takers.

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    That is terrible.

    On the other hand this soldier should know better. If you are deployable and have no dependents or family nearby you really have no business owning a pet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    That is terrible.

    On the other hand this soldier should know better. If you are deployable and have no dependents or family nearby you really have no business owning a pet.
    That's cold. I would think that someone with no dependents and no family would NEED a dog more than the rest of us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lionround View Post
    That's cold. I would think that someone with no dependents and no family would NEED a dog more than the rest of us.
    I served, active duty for 5 years. I was deployable for two and a half years of the 5 and I deployed twice to the Persian Gulf in that time. So I was gone for a total of one year and in ConUS for a total of a year and a half. I don't think owning a pet would be very responsible under those conditions do you?

    It's not just the deployments though. You go through a whole cycle of workups and training before you deploy too. You are gone for a week here and two weeks there for six months or so before you deploy. It's absolutely inconceivable to me why this dude would own a dog, it's just not right for the animal.

    Spouses get tired of deployment schedules and run off. Why would you put a pet through that type of ringer?

    There are words that people use all the time when talking about the military, words like "sacrifice". This is one of the many things a deployable individual sacrifices for their country.

    This soldier got hosed, but frankly, he should have known better.
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    This "friend" is a disgusting piece of work. It makes me sick to think about. I hope this guy is able to find his dog and get him back. The guy is a jerk and just couldn't be bothered anymore. Nice.

    I agree with Timmy in that having a pet while you're deployable isn't a good idea unless you have family that are willing to take them in for you. It's very problematic. I know this just from being a military spouse for 21 years and moving a lot, overseas included.

    However, sometimes wanting a dog for companionship trumps the hard reality of life, especially if you're lonely and away from family and friends.
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    I would plead PTSD!!!! Seriously I hope finds his dog and new friends!!!!

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    I have no doubt that any of my friends would have taken GREAT care of my dog while I was away and the dog would have been waiting for me when I got home. That is a very poor friend.

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    If you know of someone who maybe deployed... and who owns a pet... there are resources...

    Many of them listed here

    I hope the vet finds his pet.
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    And, for those who were deployed, but have no loyal pet to watch their back... .

    Welcome to Soldier?s Best Friend | Soldier's Best Friend

    Also:

    Pets for Vets supports Veterans, helps shelter dogs
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    All that said....
    It could be worse.
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    Oakchas those are great resources!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 357and40 View Post
    Oakchas those are great resources!
    Thanks... I remembered seeing a show on tv about dogs going to vets with PTSD... But I couldn't find the resource specifically.. so Google did the work..

    Meanwhile, speaking of vets... this seems like a good thing, too...

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    Wouldn't be surprised if that "friend" came down with a severe case of broken bones and lacerations
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    Back in the stone ages when I was in the Navy Sea Bees I allowed my mother and sister to come live in my apartment while I was in home-port. My home-port periods lasted 6 months and then I was deployed overseas for 9 months. I also shared my home and heart with the smartest dog on the planet. When I deployed I continued to let Mom and sis stay in my apartment, that I continued to pay for, on the condition of caring for my dog. About half way through the deployment my sister called me and informed me that mom had my dog put to sleep! her excuse was that the dog had growled at her. I later found out she was mad at me for some minor thing and decided to punish me by killing my dog. To this day I no longer have a mother!

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