Face of the day

A loyal dog waits.

A loyal dog waits. -Source: AP Photo

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Their noses glumly peek out from under the fence as Nathan Cirillo’s dogs await the return of their master, unaware that he will never being coming home.

The 24-year-old Canadian soldier and single father was gunned down outside the National War Memorial in Ottawa yesterday.

24 hours later and his forlorn dogs have been pictured peering under the fences at his family’s Ontario home.

Cirillo was a devoted animal lover and regularly posted photos with his pets on Instagram.

Friends also described how he had recently discovered an abandoned, starving puppy, which he brought back to health before finding it a home.

“Found him a pretty home, hope he has a good life,” Cirillo wrote of the puppy just a month ago.

Cirillo, who was killed as he stood guard outside the war memorial, also leaves behind six-year-old son Marcus.

Cirillo was bringing up the boy alone, with help from his mother, after the boy?s mother was no longer in the picture.

“He stepped up. Definitely admirable.” Cirillo?s former girlfriend Randi Lotsberg told The Star.

“I feel so bad right now for his kid. Now his son doesn’t have a dad.”

-Yahoo

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