updated 06/19/2014 AT 1:45 PM ET
•originally published 06/19/2014 AT 12:50 PM ET
The relationship between a deployed soldier and man’s best friend was nearly ruined by an uncaring ex. Before leaving for service in Afghanistan, American soldier Robert Gabbert left his beloved Shiba Inu, Baxter, in the care of his ex-girlfriend.
Even though the pair was through, Gabbert trusted his ex to lovingly look after Baxter. Unfortunately, the former girlfriend had other ideas. According to KOAA 5, after Gabbert deployed in March, his ex sold the 3-year-old dog that her boyfriend got as a puppy on Craigslist to a new family.