A Ukrainian mine-tracking dog, which has helped locate more than 200 explosives, has been awarded a medal by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for his services during the Russian invasion.
Patron, a Jack Russell Terrier turned national hero, was honored by Zelenskyy in a ceremony also attended by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, BBC News reports.
“I want to reward those Ukrainian heroes who are already clearing our country of mines,” Zelenskyy said during the ceremony, according to BBC News. He said that Patron not only helps neutralize explosives, but also teaches our children the necessary safety rules in areas where there is a mine threat.
Videos of the two-and-a-half-year-old dog are often posted on official Ukrainian social media accounts, and the dog has inspired fans to create works of art in tribute. A viral artwork shows a sketch of Patron urinating on a Russian missile wearing his signature safety vest.
The owner of the cartridge, Myhailo Iliev, walked the dog, wearing his vest, to the president to receive their medals. Trudeau patted his pockets as if searching for dog treats.
The prime minister visited the war-torn country when Canada announced it would send more equipment to help Ukraine.