A soldier is heartbroken that his dog was given away while he was deployed in Afghanistan, but recent events are adding insult to injury. The Help FIND Nahla Facebook page reported on Saturday, July 27 that Craigslist ads searching for a missing dog named Oakley are being flagged – but the media, which now includes CNN, continues to spread this story. CNN reported today that any tips about this missing dog should be sent to the Help Find Oakley Facebook page.
Army First Lieutenant Brandon Harker is committed to serving and protecting his country, but now he is the one who desperately needs some help.
The story of Oakley the Labrador retriever and his military owner, Brandon Harker, was originally covered by the Help FIND Nahla Facebook page and by local Seattle media, including Seattle Pets Examiner and KCPQ 13. While Craigslist ads for this missing dog continue to be flagged, the story has spread wings: with CNN also picking up the story this morning, Harker’s plea for Oakley’s safe return has gone global.
When Harker was deployed to Afghanistan last year, he left his beloved Labrador retriever, Oakley, in the care of a friend. According to Harker, who discussed his story with Seattle Pets Examiner, the friend instead gave away his dog – and Harker needs your help to ensure his safe return.
“I was told that Oakley was gone when I was on a layover coming back to the United States. I’ve had him since he was a puppy. It’s heartbreaking.”
Harker added: “My friend just said they ‘got rid of him’ – they never gave me any other explanation. He would say ‘I don’t know who we gave him to’ and ‘I don’t know their phone number.’ I just want him back.”
Harker’s gmail account crashed from the outpouring of support, and he now asks that anyone with tips on this missing dog use his Facebook page, Help Find Oakley.
Oakley is a two-year-old yellow Labrador retriever with distinctive spots. He is neutered and microchipped. Harker has had Oakley since the dog was only 8 weeks old.
Harker describes Oakley as a loving, happy-go-lucky dog.
“He thinks he’s a lap dog, even though he weighs 100 pounds,” he recalled lovingly.
Read the original story here.
Help FIND Nahla posted the following Craigslist post on their Facebook page this morning:
Let It Go Mary Wolfe (Crazy Nahla Person)
What is wrong with you? Wasnt it enough that you got your dog back and you are so ungrateful. Why dont you just throw Nahlas stick into the river and chase it too!
You are back thinking you are going to play God and reunite a man with his dog and put everyone through the same drama because you are addicted to attention nothing more nothing less!
I can just imagine what this list would look like now that you want to save every missing/stolen/rehomed dog. I am NOT going to let it happen this time. You are shrewd with your overposting and you know exactly what you are doing.
Its a disgrace that you are using Help Find Nahla to take advantage of the sympathy of others and even asking for money!
A soldier served. A soldier that served also hit my car. They are human beings capable of making mistakes. Yes I have respect for the military but the friend was under no obligation to return the dog no written or verbal agreement and you do not know what the person may have had to do while caring for this dog. They probably rehomed the dog because they were stuck in a rock and hard place. It was their decision to make, and you need to let it go. As far as who has the dog now its their choice to give it back. It wasnt a stolen dog because the gaurdian caring for the dog at the time knowingly gave it to another home.
Probably one with children. You dont care about that. You just think someone was wronged and its their dog. They gave up the dog thats the risk you take when you leave it with someone. Its not the soldiers dog any more, and it wasnt stolen out of a soldiers backyard. It was rehomed during his deployment probably through a compassionate intentions.
You and you Crazy Nahla People are racist, hatred, and demeaning to anyone who sees past your little Facade. Get your head out of your ass you found Nahla now mind your own business. The dog was not stolen from anyone. The owner is the one who was feeding the damn dog = Did the soldier pay for its food? Ok then. The owner rehomed the dog and it needs to stay whereever it is. Its rightfully someone elses dog now. Stop taking advantage of other peoples sympathy when you are only looking to be the attention seeker.
Stop playing God. Its not working. Stop overposting. I can flag all 10 ads you post all day.
Go post in Breckenridge if thats REALLY where you live. Leave us Washingtonians alone.
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