By now you’ve heard the story of Robby Gabbert and his beloved dog Baxter. As we’ve reported here on The Inquisitr, Gabbert is a soldier in the United States Army, based out of Fort Carson, near Colorado Springs, Colorado — but he’s currently deployed to Afghanistan.
After completing one deployment, he came back home to find that his ex-girlfriend sold his beloved Shiba Inu dog on Craigslist. So Robby placed his own Craigslist ad to get the dog back.
That was in the first week of June. Earlier this week, we learned that the family who unwittingly purchased Baxter — not knowing the dog was sold without permission from its rightful owner — had been located. But they didn’t want to return the extremely adorable three-year-old Shiba Inu to Gabbert because their own children had, understandably, fallen in love with Baxter on their own.
But on Wednesday of this week, the story finally found a happy ending. The family — who have not been named — finally saw the light and agreed to return Baxter to the Gabbert family. Now, when Robby Gabbert comes home from his tour of duty in Afghanistan, Baxter will be right there waiting for him.
“I think the people that bought the dog and read the stories and felt bad,” said the soldier’s dad, Robert Gabbert Sr, to the Mail Online news site. “I guess, there’s been so many people supporting Robby, that the family came forward with the dog and they’re going to return it.”
The elder Robert Gabbert also said that he plans to pay the family a reward, so they can get their kids a new dog after giving back Baxter, who was wrongly sold by the spiteful ex.
“I do feel bad for them,” said Gabbert Sr. “They bought him and didn’t know that he wasn’t hers to sell. The kids should have a dog.”
The family will also receive the satisfaction of knowing that they did the right thing. And they will have help finding their own Baxter if they need assistance. A nonprofit group in Colorado dedicated to rescuing Shiba Inu dogs has offered to help the family find a new one that needs a loving home.
“There are plenty of adoptable Shiba Inus out there,” said a rep for Colorado Shiba Inu Rescue. “We are more than willing to find the family a new dog and they can adopt a puppy that needs a home.”
But now, Robby Gabbert, whom his father described as “pretty upset” when he found out that his dog was sold out from under him, can serve out the remainder of his tour of duty without worrying about what happened to his beloved Baxter.
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