About a year after joining the Army, 1st Lt. Brandon Harker got a playful lab over Memorial Day weekend in 2011, while he was at Fort Benning in western Georgia. He named him Oakley. Describing him sweetly as "a very big baby," Harker said Oakley loved to snuggle. "It doesn't matter who it was, he'd try to crawl up on your lap." He also likes to likes to run, swim and get into most everything -- "whether it's trouble or not."
Whenever Harker was in the United States, Oakley would go with him. Most recently, Harker was stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McCord in Washington. Whenever he deployed, his beloved dog would be left with a friend. That's what happened last year, when the lieutenant left Oakley with someone he described as a "good friend" before he headed off to Afghanistan. "Every time, while I was gone, I asked about him," Harker said, recalling how his friend would insist Oakley was "doing good (and) acting like his regular self. "I'd ask for a picture every now and then. But I never got any pictures sent to me."
Harker learned the truth as he was flying back to Washington. "What do you mean you got rid of my dog?" he told his friend. In the few days since coming back, Harker has been on a mission. He posted a plea to find Oakley on Craigslist, noting that he didn't know if the dog had been sold or given away -- something he'd been told happened in May, though Harker isn't so sure. It could have happened anytime between February or June.
Harker describes Oakley as yellow labrador retriever with a unique coat - on his face, down his sides and legs he has spots of a darker yellow or champagne color. Oakley is good with kids and other dogs. Oakley is micro-chipped and registered.
If you have any information, please contact Harker via his craigslist ad here.Via CNN.