Dogs belonging to soldier killed in Ottawa shootings wait poignantly for his return

October 24, 2014 admin No comments

Dogs peek out from under a gate at the Cirillo family home in Hamilton, Ontario near flowers and flags that have been left on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Canadians are mourning the loss of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the army reservist who was shot dead as he stood guard before the Tomb of the Unknown soldier. Flags were flown at half-staff to honor Cirillo, a 24-year-old a reservist from Hamilton, Ontario, whose shooting on Wednesday began an attack that ended with a lone gunman storming into Parliament and opening fire before being shot dead himself.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Peter Power)

Dogs peek out from under a gate at the Cirillo family home in Hamilton, Ontario (Picture: AP)

A sad image that appears to sum up the grief felt across Canada over the killing of Candian reservist, Nathan Cirillo.

Cpl Cirillo, who served in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, had been guarding the Canadian Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at a remembrance service before being shot dead by gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau.

The 24-year-old reservist was known to be devoted to his dogs, with friends talking of him recently finding an emaciated and abandoned puppy who he nursed back to health before re-homing it.

Speaking about the now healthy puppy only four weeks ago, he said: ‘Found him a pretty home, hope he has a good life.’

As the images show, Cirillo’s kindness and devotion was reciprocated by his two dogs.

A couple paying their respects at the tomb of the unknown soldier near where Cpl Cirillo was shot dead (Picture: AP)

A couple paying their respects at the Canadian Tomb of the Unknown Soldier near where Cpl Cirillo was shot dead (Picture: AP)

He had been raising his six-year-old son, Marcus, alone with the help of his own mother, Kathy.

She has been described by a family member as being ‘just completely broken.’

Dogs peek out from under a gate at the Cirillo family home in Hamilton, Ontario near flowers and flags that have been left on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Canadians are mourning the loss of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the army reservist who was shot dead as he stood guard before the Tomb of the Unknown soldier. Flags were flown at half-staff to honor Cirillo, a 24-year-old a reservist from Hamilton, Ontario, whose shooting on Wednesday began an attack that ended with a lone gunman storming into Parliament and opening fire before being shot dead himself.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Peter Power)

Waiting for their master, Corporal Nathan Cirillo, to come home (Picture: AP)

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