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A Ukrainian pyrotechnic team teams up with Patron, a bomb-sniffing dog.

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State Emergency Service of Ukraine

A Ukrainian pyrotechnic team teams up with Patron, a bomb-sniffing dog.

State Emergency Service of Ukraine

A small but mighty Jack Russell terrier has saved lives in Ukraine and is gaining fans all over the world.

The two-year-old Patron works with rescuers from the state emergency service in the northern city of Chernihiv, where he sniffs Russian bombs (as well as warming up laps, pinching sleeves and generally being a good boy).

In fact, he has helped neutralize nearly 90 explosive devices since the start of the large-scale invasion of Russia, Ukrainian officials said last month†

“One day Patron’s story will be made into a movie, but for now he faithfully fulfills his professional duties,” tweeted Ukraine Center for Strategic Communications.

It also shared video clips of Patron on duty, wearing a protective vest and walking around with his muzzle to the dirt.

Patron can be seen on the SES Facebook page, which earlier this month shared another montage of him driving the car, sniffing devices set up on the ground and posing for photos with rescue personnel.

He also appeared in a series of photos posted by the agency on Tuesday, which show him examining debris in a field, posing on an armored vehicle and being held by a young child.

The post referred to him as “our pyrotechnic dog Patron, who is loved by adults and children alike,” according to an English translation.

Indeed, Patron has won hearts and admirers all over Ukraine and beyond.

Earlier this week, the SES shared an album of more than a dozen artwork by Patron submitted by fans across the country, writing that “our brave baby Patron has inspired an incredible number of talented artists.”

“It motivates not to give up, no matter how hard it is, to keep the bar high and fight with renewed vigor, knowing how many people are still waiting for help and how many people believe in us,” the Facebook account wrote. English translation. “Our Patron also does not let his feet down and expresses his gratitude to everyone.”

The paintings, drawings and cartoons depict a heroic Patron in his signature vest. On one you can see him urinating on a Russian rocket, on the other he towers benevolently over a city skyline.

One particularly poignant drawing offers a split-screen view: One half shows Patron working in front of a charred high-rise building, while the other half shows him in a grassy park next to a ball β€” a game of fetch put on hold.

Other admirers have shared sketches and even knitted Patron stuffed animals on social media.

Thanks to their keen sense of smell, dogs have a long history of locating land mines, unexploded bombs and makeshift devices during conflicts around the world.

According to DailyPaws.com, the powerful nose, small size and high intelligence of Jack Russell terriers make Patron a prime candidate for the job.

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