Mine-sniffing dog Patron honored by Ukrainian Pres. Zelenskyy

May 9, 2022, 1:34 PM | Updated: 1:46 pm
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A 2-year-old Jack Russell Terrier that has located over 200 explosive devices in Ukraine was recognized by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Sunday.

Zelenskyy presented the dog, Patron, with a medal during a ceremony with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“Today I want to award those Ukrainian heroes who are already clearing our land of mines,” Zelenksyy said during the meeting. “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.”

The ceremony honored Ukrainian rescuers who took part in the demining of suburbs near Kyiv, using, in particular, Canadian equipment.

“The Russian occupiers left thousands of mines, thousands of tripwire mines and shells. They are a threat to our people, our children,” Zelenksyy said.

Patron was taught to identify the smell of gunpowder, his owner told TODAY Parents.

When Patron smells gunpowder, he immediately gives a signal to his owner who works with Patron to find and, with the help of his human colleagues, defuse them.

Zelenskyy’s office said Patron is also helping educate children about mine safety.

“Children love him especially, and thanks to Patron they perceive information better,” officials said.

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

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

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Mine-sniffing dog Patron honored by Ukrainian Pres. Zelenskyy