President presented a Volodymyr Zelenskyy medal Sunday to Ukraine’s famous mine-sniffing dog, Patron, and his owner to recognize their dedicated service since Russia’s invasion.
The Jack Russell terrier has been credited with detecting more than 200 explosives and preventing their detonation; since the start of the war, quickly becoming a canine symbol of Ukrainian patriotism.
Zelenskyy made the award at a news conference in Kyiv with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Patron, which, loosely translated, means “cartridge” or “bullet” in Ukrainian, barked and wagged his tail, prompting laughter from the audience. Trudeau patted his pockets as if he were looking for a dog treat.
“Today, I want to award those Ukrainian heroes who are already clearing our land of mines. And together with our heroes, a wonderful little sapper — Patron — who helps not only to neutralize explosives but also to teach our children the necessary safety rules in areas where there is a mine threat,” Zelenskyy said in a statement after the ceremony.