Robby Gabbert and his dog, a young Shiba Inu named Baxter, are set to be reunited after the US soldier’s dog was wrongfully sold on Craigslist by a cruel ex girlfriend. The former lover, who remains unidentified, apparently took to the website after Gabbert was deployed earlier this year to Afghanistan in order to sell the animal because she “grew tired of caring for the pup.” Fortunately, the New York Daily News reveals this Wednesday, June 18, 2014, that there is a happy ending to this sad (and already viral) story — a handover is in negotiations for Robby Gabbert to get his beloved dog back.
The complicated history behind this quarrel apparently began when a U.S. soldier was deployed to Afghanistan, and left his 3-year-old pet in the hands of his now former girlfriend. Yet the Robby Gabbert dog account took a turn for the worse when the ex lover apparently grew weary of taking care of the animal. She ultimately sold the dog on Craigslist without permission from Gabbert, who remains overseas on active duty at this time.
After hearing about the illicit sale, Gabbert’s family stepped in. His parents especially knew how precious Baxter the Shiba Inu was to Robby, and were determined to get it back for him. The media picked up after they initiated a massive online search for the dog and his new owners. Soon, with the support and viral nature of their social media query, Baxter — as well as his new home — were found.
The surprised dog owners were said to be a bit reluctant at first when the Gabbert family approached them about the situation. However, Gawker News reveals that the family (who is asking to remain unnamed) has since relented, and is in negotiations for a handover so that Baxter might be returned. It is unknown how difficult this handover may become, though, especially because the new owners were said to have a couple of young children that quickly fell in love with Robby Gabbert’s dog.
“They keep saying they have children that are attached,” Gabbert’s mother, Karen, told a local news source in a recent statement. “Well, my child is attached to the dog. Just because he’s older doesn’t mean he’s not my child.”
Allegedly, the new owners of the 3-year-old Shiba Inu are being offered a grand total of $14,000 in exchange for Baxter back. It is unknown if any charges or complaints are being considered against Gabbert’s ex. One supportive woman on Facebook said that everything will be righted in the end, and hopes to send a compassionate message to the US soldier not to worry while he is overseas. It is hoped that Gabbert will be reunited with his beloved pet upon his forthcoming return from Afghanistan.
“He should be doing the job he’s there for and not having to worry about that,” she said. “He should know that his dog is home and with his family, and will be waiting for him when he gets home.”