More details are emerging about the final days of Alfonso Cano. According to El Tiempo, the hounded FARC commander was living in a squalid shack and had a limited supply of food.
The paper said the only members of his group that had any luxuries were Conan and Pirulu, his two dogs. One of the FARC guerrillas was charged with cleaning their feet before they were put to bed with Cano. The guerrilla leader himself bathed them every 15 days.
The men were required to call the animals by name and never to refer to them as "dogs," according to the paper.
During the Friday night firefight that ended with Cano's death, Pirulo ran away and Conan was injured.
I was in Popayan on Saturday and met some of the special forces soldiers involved in the raid. Among their ranks was Onyx (pictured above), one of the mine-sniffing dogs that helped them safely make their way to Cano's camp.
The weary men had stayed up all night celebrating their victory. Apparently Onyx did too, because even crowds of photographers and the sounds of choppers failed to rouse him. He was the definition of dog tired.