Boss, the little mine clearance dog who galvanizes an entire people

“4.5 kilos of courage” : it is in these terms that Jyttia, the people site of the daily online Ukrainska Pravda, presents the one who, for months, has been enthusing the Ukrainians.

The little dog is called Patron – which means “cartridge”, both in Ukrainian and in Russian –, and he “serves in the ranks of the State Emergency Service”, alongside deminers from the city of Chernihiv (in northern Ukraine). With his master, he would have already detected more than 200 unexploded bombs, mines and shells.

Since his first appearances on TV screens and on social media, Patron, who was decorated by President Volodymyr Zelensky himself, has well and truly become a star.

To the point that on May 27, rejoiced Jyttia, he even acceded to the status of “world cinema star” on being awarded “in Cannes, unanimously, a special prize as part of the Palm Dog award ceremony”, which rewards the “best canine performance on the big screen”.

Upon hearing the news, Ukrainian emergency management authorities reacted immediately:

“Boss is currently on duty, he is actively helping profess

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