Hero Dog Patron Honored For Mine-Sniffing Efforts In Ukraine

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy awarded state honors to Patron for detecting some 200 explosive devices.

A Ukrainian mine-sniffing Jack Russell terrier traveled to Kyiv on Sunday for a visit with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Barking and wagging his tail, Patron and his owner Myhailo Iliev were awarded state honors “For Dedicated Service.” The little dog has sniffed out some 200 explosive devices in the northeastern city of Chernihiv.

Patron at work.
Patron at work.
Gleb Garanich via Reuters

When Patron started barking, Trudeau patted his pockets, apparently seeking some kind of treat, but came up empty. According to CNN, the bomb detecting and defusing operation has utilized Canadian technology.

Patron has become a star in Ukraine, on Instagram and in the U.S., where he has been featured on the “Today” show and NPR.

Patron is a “very active dog,” his owner told “Today.” He “likes to have a good run with other dogs and then, of course, sleep.”

Although there weren’t any mines for Patron to find at the awards presentation, he did prove himself extremely talented at snagging snacks.

Mine-sniffing dog Patron has his eyes on the prize during his awards ceremony in Kyiv.
Mine-sniffing dog Patron has his eyes on the prize during his awards ceremony in Kyiv.
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