It is said that heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and that is clearly true when looking at this special four-legged pup who risked his life to save Ukrainian residents. The 2-year-old Jack Russell terrier named Patron, turned national hero.
The adorable pup recently became famous for his position working alongside the Ukrainian State Emergency Service (SES) in the city of Chernihiv. The courageous bomb-sniffing hero dog helped detect and clear more than 90 Russian explosives. The pup’s courageous act of bravery and undeniable cuteness has won hearts across Ukraine and all over the world.
In fact, the little warrior has become a mascot for the Chernihiv unit who stated that they call him their “pyrotechnic dog Patron, who is loved by both adults and children.” The unit also added a series of photos featuring the loyal soldier all suited up in his special protective vest. One sweet photo shows the adorable bomb-sniffing dog cradled in the arms of a grinning young child looking very happy. And clearly, the pup’s adorable confident appearance and sweet heart was the key reasons why Ukraine’s Center for Strategic Communications predicted the hero dog’s future appearance on the big screen.
The organisation added in a post on Twitter, “One day, Patron’s story will be turned into a film. but for now, he is faithfully performing his professional duties.” But, even without the silver screen, Patron are admired by quite a big fan club. Several admirers have shown their admiration by creating illustrations of the heroic dog. One admirer even made an adorable knit plushie of the pup.
A dog called Patron, who works with SES rescuers in Chernihiv, has helped defuse nearly 90 explosive devices since the beginning of the full-scale invasion 🐶 One day, Patron's story will be turned into a film, but for now, he is faithfully performing his professional duties. pic.twitter.com/2PpT8p4Yfr— Stratcom Centre UA (@StratcomCentre) March 19, 2022
One of the illustrations features the brave pup lifting his leg to relieve himself on a Russian bomb. Another more touching illustration features Patron in a split view. One half displays him as a happy beloved pet playing with his ball, while in the other he is wearing his vest amongst the wreckage caused by Russian bombs.
SES shared the illustrations and captioned the post, “Our brave baby Patron has inspired and incredible number of gifted artists and we are incredibly happy for that. It motivates not to give up no matter how hard it is, to keep the bar high and to fight with new strength, knowing how many people are still waiting for help and how many people believe in us. Our Patron doesn't let his feet down either and sends his gratitude to everyone. Great heroes don't necessarily have to be great.”