RIP Cpl. Nathan Cirillo

The Canadian soldier killed in the terrorist attack in Ottawa yesterday. Here’s something from an article about him:

“An animal lover, Cirillo cared for multiple dogs and had recently rescued an abandoned puppy and nursed him back to health.”


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91 Responses to “RIP Cpl. Nathan Cirillo”

  1. Billy's Buddy
    8:51 am on October 23rd, 2014

    The buddies are back home and catching up on yesterday’s blog.

    Bless Cpl. Cirillo for all of his kindness. How sad to lose such a good young person.

    I grew up with a black cat named Inky. Not very original. His father was named Smokey. When my mother would call me, she would first say, “Smokey, Inky, err… Linda!”

    Good morning all. A rainy morning in Wisconsin.

  2. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:09 am on October 23rd, 2014

    How sad to lose a young person like that for no reason, other than someone’s insanity. Tragic.

    Good morning all. It’s off to the office for Barb. Boss Guy is traveling down to the Ozarks today for a 4-day golf outing. Should be a quiet day, so there will be some lurking going on.

    Will be sending off a check today to Rebecca -$8.00 for the bootie fund and $10.00 for the pretzels.

  3. Wose-the Small and Meek
    9:31 am on October 23rd, 2014


    It is a dark and stormy day here in Westchester. Not a fit day out for Wose or beast.

    My the Creator bless and keep Cpl. Cirillo.

  4. Wose-the Small and Meek
    9:38 am on October 23rd, 2014

    I will step on my soapbox briefly, only to say what “religion” were those who attacked the embassy in Ottawa?

    Stepping off.

  5. B.Stover
    9:49 am on October 23rd, 2014

    This is the lead article in today’s New York Times is about the shooting:

    Good morning all.

  6. Wolfie
    9:52 am on October 23rd, 2014

    We agree. Very sad.

    We are having a cold snap here. Yesterday’s high was only 76*. I wish it would rain.

  7. BooBear
    10:06 am on October 23rd, 2014

    How sad for that young man and for the animals he was caring for. I agree with you, Wose. That is NOT religion, it’s insanity.

    Mom is still waiting for her calendar. Hopefully, today!

    Mom had her flu shot and had no problems at all.

    Mom had a very traumatic evening yesterday. Remember, the story about the deer with the fencing around his neck. Mom called the SPCA and they said there wasn’t anything they could do but gave her another number to call if she sees him again. (Can Mom find that number now? Of course not.) Monday night, Mom was bringing in the trash can from the street and the noise startled a deer in the easement. Mom looked over and there he was bounding off–still with the fencing around his neck.

    Last night, when she got home, he was laying down by the back porch with the fencing still around his neck and it covered his back. Mom kept talking to him and slowly approaching. Right when she got close enough to reach out, he jumped up and moved out into the yard. He stood there for a long time and Mom kept talking to him and slowly approaching. Then he bounded off into the woods. Well, Mom being Mom, got a flashlight and followed him. She found him right away and he let her approach and get a grip on the fencing. She was hoping with her twisting and holding the wire, he would back out of it. Who knew deer don’t have a reverse gear? Instead he lunged toward her, startling her and she let go of the fencing. He didn’t go very far and fell down so she approached him again. This time she was able to get another grip on it, but when she moved it around a little bit, he freaked again, jumped up and went a little farther and fell again. This fencing is big (about 3×4 feet) and it was tripping him. Mom left to get wire cutters, but when she came back she didn’t see him. She was worried that he was going to hurt himself. Hopefully, tonight he will still be around and Mom has better luck freeing him. Y’all think good thoughts for the deer, ok?

  8. Tupper's Mama
    10:17 am on October 23rd, 2014

    BooBear – your mom is a very good, and BRAVE person. Can she get a friend to come hang around with her tonight to see if two people might be able to help that deer?

    Of course the situation is Canada makes us weep for the insanity of mankind, and the invention of guns.

    It’s cold and rainy here. Thinking of a nice, warming dinner for tonight. By the way, Gramp is going in for some minor foot surgery tomorrow morning. Yes, we know – last time he went in for “minor” surgery, he was in the hospital for two weeks. But this is just to get a toe straightened out, so we aren’t too worried.

    Only down side is that he cant walk on it for a week, crutches for 3 weeks, and no driving for months.

    Oh, yippee

  9. BooBear
    10:22 am on October 23rd, 2014

    A., Mom spoke to her neighbor last night after the adventure and he is going to help her look tonight. Hoping 2 will have better luck.

  10. Meashka
    10:40 am on October 23rd, 2014

    BooBear, I love your mama. I will be thinking good thoughts for that deer.
    Regarding religion, evil people have been co-opting religion since the beginning of time. Some prime examples include the Nazis (“Christians”), the KKK (“Christians”), Crusaders (“Christians”). Even Buddhists have used terrorism, and also Zionists, Irish Catholics, etc. etc. etc. i don’t see any of this as a fault of any one religion, but as the misuse of religion for purposes of power.

  11. Tupper's Mama
    10:43 am on October 23rd, 2014

    There is a picture on FB of a baby anteater. If we could figure out how to import it to here, we could make Belle Starr crazy with it.

    And reports are that Bently, the puppy of the ebola-positive nurse is himself been determined to be ebola NEGATIVE! Woo hoo Bently!

  12. dawson
    11:06 am on October 23rd, 2014

    Good morning.

    Very sad to lose a caring young life to senseless violence. Bless Cpl. Cirillo.

    BooBear: I’ll be thinking of that poor deer all day and hoping for success in getting that fence off of her.

    Tupper’s Mama: Here’s hoping Gramps little surgery tomorrow goes perfectly well.

    I have a car appointment and a physio appointment this morning. Then I will go play cribbage at the Senior’s center until my car is ready.

  13. Wose-the Small and Meek
    11:29 am on October 23rd, 2014

    BooBear: Your mom is a wonderful, loving person. I hope that she and her friend can find that deer again and help get that terrible fence off finally. I will also be thinking good thoughts for that deer.

    Royal Mum: Sending good thoughts to Gramps. I had a toe straightened years and years ago. I had to wear a Frankenstein boot for a couple of weeks. Will Gramps have to wear one too?

  14. Wose-the Small and Meek
    11:31 am on October 23rd, 2014

    One foot on the soapbox:

    Islam, the religion of peace. snort! spit!

  15. Wose-the Small and Meek
    11:34 am on October 23rd, 2014

    We here will be watching a classic Hitchcock double-header on Turner Classics starting at 12:30… Sabotuer, and The 39 Steps. Woooohoooo! Big Hitchcock. Fans in this house!

  16. Wose-the Small and Meek
    11:36 am on October 23rd, 2014

    BooBear: My receipt from the post office says your calendar is scheduled to be delivered TODAY! So far, the post office has gotten it right.

    Your mom rocks!

  17. Staff
    11:47 am on October 23rd, 2014

    This is thing one, the girl. She was easy to tell yesterday but her eye is already healing and we had to give her a collar.

  18. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:49 am on October 23rd, 2014

    Gah!…It all makes me Gasp in horror…groan.

  19. Staff
    11:55 am on October 23rd, 2014

    This is Thing two on his favorite chair.

  20. Staff
    11:56 am on October 23rd, 2014

    They are as alike as peas in a pod.

  21. Wose-the Small and Meek
    11:58 am on October 23rd, 2014

    Awwww! Who’s a good Staffie?

    I hear thing one saying her name is Sabrina. I hear thing two saying his name is Jeter. heh!

  22. Staff
    11:58 am on October 23rd, 2014

    BooBear, I hate to be the one to say this but deer are dangerous. They are not Bambi. I would try again to find someone who could tranquilize the deer and then take the fencing off. Really they are not tame at all. Please.

  23. Wose-the Small and Meek
    11:59 am on October 23rd, 2014

    Is there anyone on this here blog who would want to adopt Grizz? I would love to have Sabrina and Jeter.

  24. Staff
    12:01 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Heh heh Wose, I really admire Jeter. I spent my waiting time at the Chiropractor yesterday reading the article about him in Sports Illustrated.

    But I have been thinking they were going to be named Beezus and Henry after two of the kids in the Beverly Cleary books.

    Unless I go with Thing one and Thing two from Dr.Suess’s Cat in the Hat book…

  25. Meashka
    12:04 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    I am with Staff on this one. Wildlife, including deer, can be very dangerous when hurting or scared. There has to be some organization who could hep you by tranquilizing, BooBear. Did you try the local police? They should know who to contact.

  26. Staff
    12:04 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    One last one and then I must go put things in the car.

  27. Staff
    12:05 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Rose, you can be thier god-mother if you wish.

  28. BearSpiritDog
    12:07 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    OMD! That Puppy Cpl. Nathan Cirillo Recused Looks Familiar.
    Why it’s almost like looking in the mirror!
    A Tragic Story for all concerned.

    BooBear: Your Mom is the Bravest & the Best! Paws crossed for a Successful Venture with the deer tonight.

    Loving Thoughts for a Successful and quick after surgery Healing going out to Gramp tomorrow.

    Staff: Heh. Black Kitty looks like another Kat with Attitude.

  29. B.Stover
    12:22 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    I received the calendar and it is beautiful! Thank you Rose. I’ll get the check in the mail to you tomorrow.

  30. Masquers
    12:28 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    A big blog welcome to the new kitties!
    LL: There will be a check going out to Snowhook today for the pretzels. Yum!

  31. Siber-H
    12:39 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Very sad story about the Canadian soldier. I’m glad the terrorist is dead and ten million cheers for the hero that shot him.

    BooBear, I am agreeing with those that are saying wildlife can be very dangerous. A trank gun is really needed. Bless your mom for caring so much.

    Wose, ditto to you know what.

  32. BearSpiritDog
    1:31 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    We Agree…Deer can be Dangerous…But this particular guy seems desperate to have the fencing removed.
    Can’t Believe that no agency is willing to help!
    Siber-H is right. Call the Police for advice and referral.
    And…BooBear…Tell Your Mom To Be Careful!

  33. Wose-the Small and Meek
    1:57 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Staff: I would be honored to be their godmother!

  34. Wose-the Small and Meek
    2:00 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    HRH, B: Thank you. I had fun with the project.

  35. Siber-H
    2:13 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    BooBear, Your mom could consider calling the media.

    During the Balloon Fiesta there was a dead cow in the Rio Grande.
    A woman who walks her dogs along the river in that spot called every agency she could think of to get the cow removed. She was told that nothing could be done because it wasn’t their job to haul the cow out of the river. Then, the woman called the media and suddenly everyone wanted to be of assistance. The cow was quickly removed from the river.

  36. Wose-the Small and Meek
    2:21 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Why, Bear, I didn’t notice until you mentioned it…the Cpl.’s dog does remind me of a certain dog…..

  37. Staff
    3:02 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Mr.Husky that is a GREAT idea!

    Rose. I will let Henry and Beezus know that they are now kitties with a GodMother. Or is it a DogMother? Either way.

    The story of Cpl.Cirillo’s death and his work with animals is sad and inspiring. It is a damn shame.

    I am leaving now.


    3:28 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Boobear, I think callling the media and getting them involved in a special interest story might be the way to go.

    I think the only reason the deer is letting you get that close is that it might be getting weak. If you call the police they are more likely to shoot it than use a trank gun, IMO.

    See if you can maybe get some help from a wildlife rehab group, but please be careful. Your safety is the most important thing.

    This person involved in the shooting was a recent Islam convert, so he was more likely a political extremist. They are not all terrorists.

  39. BearSpiritDog
    3:42 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Anything Taken to Extremes in the Name of Religion, ANY religion, is WRONG.
    Wose: Amen & amen to your Prayer.
    Hey Look! One of my kind over on the right!

  40. Herd of Hounds
    4:34 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Hey all! The Canadian news is tragic and saddening. We’ve been busy here today sleeping while the peeps went to brunch with the adopted son and partner then they took Darah to her first behavior class. To say she was a litle stubborn would be like saying water is a little wet! She is now sleeping off the effects of sitting, coming and walking around the pet store on a leash. Poor exhausted baby.

    4:46 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Wose, do you have any takers yet on Grizz’s adoption?

    We had a situation a few years ago with wild turkeys in the center of town. Traffic was being stopped as the three birds ran in and out of traffic. The hunt club said once they escaped they were no longer their problem. The wildlife dept. didn’t want them because they said they were hybrid birds. Cops wouldn’t help. Finally I called the newspaper and the next day the turkeys were gone. Not sure if they were rescued or shot, but at least they were no longer in traffic.

  42. Tupper's Mama
    5:26 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Awwww – wittle baby kitties…we want one too….

  43. Basil and Sage
    5:27 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Awwww – wittle baby kitties…we want one too….

  44. Basil and Sage
    5:27 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    NO WE DO NOT!!!

  45. Tupper's Mama
    5:33 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Pay no attention to those Wrotten Kats. They aren’t living up to their kattiness anyway.

    It seems we have a mouse or two in the house. No big surprise. But Gramp said the Kats were hunting last night. Unsuccessfully, but they were still prowling around this morning.

    Then, they both got up on the dining room table to sunbathe, and lo and behold, the mouse came out from hiding. And WHO caught the mouse? Tupper, that’s who. Jumped on it like bear on a honeycomb. And who sat up on the table, aloof and watching the whole thing, maintaining their perfect “meatloaf” posture, and squeezing their eyes? The Wrotten Kats, that’s who.

    Nothing interrupts their sunbathing.

  46. Herd of Hounds
    5:37 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Tu pper, who’s a good corgi!

  47. Wose-the Small and Meek
    6:00 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    B,M & L: Maybe Grizz might show up as an item at Auction Central…

    Henry and Beezus, your godmother loves you so much!

    Tupper, you rock!

    Basil and Sage, are youse sure youse are kats?

  48. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:26 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Table!…Why would anyone let Kats up on a dining room table…gag!spit!

  49. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:28 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    BaseBall!…No baseball tonight but the Broncos are on Thursday Night Football….sniff!…Beau will be happy – if we watch the game which is a bit iffy…grunt!

  50. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    6:53 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Wose. You may have to sweeten the pot. Just sayin.

  51. Wose-the Small and Meek
    6:55 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    RIO! I am glad the Royals gave the Giants what for last night!

  52. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    7:00 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Maggie would fit right in with Tupper. She thinks the ground squirrels in the back yard are just stripped rats. They are stocking up for winter so they are going to the bird feeders constantly. The other day she and Lucy treed one but they couldn’t convince him to come down and meet his fate.

  53. Herd of Hounds
    7:23 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Lucy Lou the Labradoodle extrodinaire brought in another critter today. She is 2 for 2 days. You’d think the rodents would move out of the backyard!

  54. BearSpiritDog
    7:24 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Magpie & Lucy…Working Together…that’s what we like to hear.

  55. BearSpiritDog
    7:25 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Good for You, Lucy Lou!

  56. Wose-the Small and Meek
    7:26 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    You ladies of the nation within ROCK!

  57. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    7:38 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Wose, We are in no way nagging you, but just want to know if our calendar was mailed so we will know when to look for it. And also, did you get our check?

  58. Siber-H
    7:50 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Wose! Got the calendar today! Thank you very much. It is fantastic. You did a great job on it.

    Two handsome dudes for the month of June and one cute but goofy girl on a boat.

  59. Wose-the Small and Meek
    7:50 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    B,M & L: You NEVER nag me. I have not yet received your check. And let me apologize. Like Siber-H, I do not like the rain. The last 2 days here in Westchester were windy and rainy, so I did not take the walk to the post office. The following calendars will go out on Saturday when Grizz can drive me (the diva) to the post office.

    B,M & L
    BSD, Masquers, and Nana

  60. Wose-the Small and Meek
    7:52 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Siber-H: The Siberpage!!!!

  61. BooBear
    7:55 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    The calendar was in the mail today! Wose, we love it (and of course think May is the best month. ). Thank you for your hard work….think you will have a yearly gig!

    Mom went out hunting for the deer but no sign of him so far. But it was a little later when we saw him last night. Mom will keep watching for him.

  62. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    7:57 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Wose, Did we send it to the wrong place? It went to the Croton on Hudson address.

  63. Wose-the Small and Meek
    7:59 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Yay! BooBear, I am so happy you got the calendar! (whispering)Your page is one of my favorites……

    I do plan to make this a yearly project.

  64. Wose-the Small and Meek
    8:04 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    B,M & L: Yes, Croton on Hudson is the right address. I have noticed that we have a different postman at the moment. Recently, the postman has been putting envelopes in the wrong box, and then one or other of my neighbors will leave it at my door the next day. Con Edison recently sent me a double bill because I never got the September bill until Monday. Don’t worry yet. I will let you know ASAP when I get it.

  65. Staff
    8:04 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Hey, I have internet here this year. So I will keep up. But I am being nagged because I am not sewing. The person nagging me is eating so PHhHHHHhtHHhthtttt!

  66. Wose-the Small and Meek
    8:05 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    RIO! Did youse get your calendar?

  67. Wose-the Small and Meek
    8:06 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Snowhook: Did youse get your calendar?

  68. Wose-the Small and Meek
    8:07 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    BooBear: I really hope your mom can find the deer and finally get him some help.

  69. Wose-the Small and Meek
    8:09 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    I just want to than you guys for all the compliments on the calendar, but I didn’t make that calendar great….all youse great looking dogs and kats did!

  70. Wose-the Small and Meek
    8:14 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    I can report that there will be some special things in the Snowhook Auction/Mercantile.

  71. Kat
    8:16 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Siber-H hurt my feelings. sniff
    He is just jealous of me because he is a scaredy cat dog about water. And he will never be a captain of a yacht like I was.

  72. bluecat
    8:16 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Wose – we got the calendar. All the pictures are nice pictures of our friends. Thanks for doing a terrific job for all of us!

    Mom grew up with lots o’barn kats. Two black ones were George and Nemesis. We like Staff’s new kitties 🙂

    Warm thoughts to all since we had frost this morning. I laughed at Wolfie’s post and the 76 degree cold snap…

  73. Wose-the Small and Meek
    8:23 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Bluecat, you are beautiful. You make a wonderful January girl.

    Kat: That is still my most favorite picture of you!

  74. Siber-H
    8:23 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Kat, I said what I said with great affection. In my worst nightmares, I will never be captain of a yacht.

    Wose, Let me know if you don’t get my check. Your new postman must have transferred up there from NM.

  75. Wose-the Small and Meek
    8:30 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Siber-H: The postman put your check in the right box.

    Time for bed. It is head shrinking day.

  76. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    8:32 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Siber – vould you be captain on Porsche yacht? Is possible could be arranged.

  77. Siber-H
    8:42 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Natasha, Porsche Yacht! I could possibly be talked into it.

  78. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:43 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Calendar!…Check!…Yup, got it. Good job Rose…snorkel!

  79. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    8:49 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Siber – ve vill vork on it. But cannot be red. Red is not good luck for yachts.

    But vill be Ship of the Desert.

  80. Siber-H
    8:59 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Natasha, Yeah, red would be ugly. A Ship of the Desert sounds like a winner to me. I would never have to sail it on water.

  81. Elliot the Massage Kat
    9:31 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    I believe a “ship of the desert” is a camel….

  82. Siber-H
    9:38 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Elliot, Not any more. A Ship of the Desert is a Porsche Yacht in NM.

  83. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:43 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Siber, Are you sure Nattie is not pulling the “camel” wool over your eyes?

  84. Siber-H
    9:53 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Barb, No, she is a fellow Russian. We have a relationship that goes way back.

  85. dawson
    10:29 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    The bad news:
    My car is still in the shop, waiting for a little part to be shipped up here. Sigh. Saturday, they said.
    The good news:
    Me and my partner won all 6 games of cribbage and the man who lives in this house was on the opposing team and was left in the stink hole on the last game. Whooohooo! That was fun!

  86. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:43 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Dawson!…I like that word combination “stink hole”…heh!heh! …So we caved and are watching the football game. Beau is sound asleep so he is missing out…snort!

  87. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:45 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    SiberH!…You now have the perfect name for your desert ship, “The Camel”…heh!heh!

  88. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:47 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Staff!…How long are you going to be at this Sewing Convention anyways?…sniff!

  89. Siber-H
    11:27 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Rio, I will take your suggestion for the name of the ship under consideration.
    Night All

  90. dawson
    11:30 pm on October 23rd, 2014

    Tupper got a mouse! Good doggie!

  91. dawson
    12:03 am on October 24th, 2014

    Rio: The stink hole is the last hole. One more point and you win. But if you don’t get one more point and the opposing team gets to the finish, you are stuck in the stink hole.
    The man who lives in this house has been consistently beating me at crib. Ever since I dealt him a “28” hand about a month ago. Today was payback.

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