A Colorado soldier’s dog has finally been returned to his family after his ex-girlfriend maliciously sold the dog on Craigslist behind his back, while he was deployed in Afghanistan.
Robby Gabbert and his girlfriend broke up while he was overseas, so she opted to sell his beloved 3-year-old dog Baxter on Craigslist to an unsuspecting family, rather than ship him to Gabbert’s family, as had been arranged, the Inquisitr reported.
She eventually told the family she had sold Baxter, but said she didn’t remember who bought the adorable dog, and then cut off all communications with the Gabbert family.
So Gabbert placed a Craigslist ad that picked up steam and led sympathetic strangers to create a Facebook campaign to locate and return Baxter to the family. “I am currently deployed and my ex sold my dog,” the ad read. “I just found out and i [sic] am trying to find the people (person) who bought him. I will pay anything to get him back. …”
Meet Gabbert and Baxter:
Thanks to the ad and the Facebook page, Baxter’s new owners were located — a military family with young kids already in love with the dog. They were offered $14,000 and a Colorado Shiba rescue group offered to help them find a new dog, but the family initially refused to return Baxter, KOAA reported.
However, the family has caved to the pressure, and Baxter is officially back with the family, the Inquisitr reports. Gabbert’s dad said he plans to offer the family a reward, and he does feel bad for them. “They bought him and didn’t know that he wasn’t hers to sell. The kids should have a dog.”
The Facebook page and Craigslist ad have been deleted, and the ex in question, as well as the family who bought and returned Baxter have not been named, proving the Gabberts really are decent people who just wanted their dog back.
Here’s an adorable collage of Baxter and Robby tweeted by @PupTime:
Please help bring Baxter home! Many of you might have heard the story. The ex-girlfriend sold the soldier’s Shi… pic.twitter.com/WNJiRpoBpV
— Pup Time (@PupTime) June 11, 2014