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Ukraine’s famous mine detection dog visits war-wounded children in hospital

The Ukrainian bomb-sniffing dog visits children wounded in the war

The patron “put smiles back on the children’s faces,” hospital staff said (Image: Roman Cayman)

Young victims of the Ukraine war were cheered by a surprise visit from the country’s most famous dog, a mine-sniffing Jack Russell named Patron.

Patron was hailed as a national hero after helping minesweepers locate more than 200 Russian landmines and unexploded bombs, and appeared on billboards and official war broadcasts as a symbol of the Ukrainian resistance.

He was bought to win pedigree dog shows, but his usefulness in the field landed him in the Presidential Palace of Ukraine instead when Volodymyr Zelensky presented him with a national service medal last month.

On Thursday, the terrier traveled more than 400 miles from his hometown of Chernihiv to tour the St. Nicholas Children’s Hospital in Lviv.

In a statement, officials overseeing the hospital said: “The little guest’s smile lit up our children’s faces again!

“He told the kids about explosive devices and went through the safety rules with them.

“Visits like this are important to improve health and mood, so we give thanks to the extraordinary [Patron] for such a surprise.’

The Ukrainian bomb-sniffing dog visits children wounded in the war

The Jack Russell has become a famous symbol of the Ukrainian resistance (Image: Roman Cayman)

The Ukrainian bomb-sniffing dog visits children wounded in the war

Among his visitors was Jana, who lost both her legs in a Russian missile attack in April (Photo: Roman Cayman)

The Ukrainian bomb-sniffing dog visits children wounded in the war

St. Nicholas Hospital has become a home for injured children from across the country (Image: Roman Cayman)

The Ukrainian bomb-sniffing dog visits children wounded in the war

The patron’s visit came as Lviv marked International Children’s Day last week (Photo: Roman Cayman)

The pediatric facility has become a home for children from across Ukraine who have suffered horrific injuries in months of Russian shelling.

They include Jana, who lost both her legs in a rocket attack on a Kramatorsk train station in April, where around 4,000 civilians were reportedly taking shelter.

Her mother Natalia, who also lost a leg in the attack, is staying with her in hospital with her 11-year-old brother who is caring for her.

Patron also met Lviv’s popular “cat mayor,” Levchyk the tabby, who lives in the people’s mayor’s office and has also risen to internet fame after steadfastly fulfilling his duties in a time of conflict.

The couple reportedly got off to a frosty start but eventually bonded over a “common language” of pet treats presented to them by staff.

The Ukrainian bomb-sniffing dog visits children wounded in the war

Patron’s weight of 4kg means it will not detonate most landmines, which have a trigger pull of around 5kg (Image: Roman Cayman)

The Ukrainian bomb-sniffing dog visits children wounded in the war

He is also completely unimpressed by the noise of an explosion, says his owner (Photo: Roman Cayman)

Patron’s hospital visit was organized by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, the government agency responsible for demining and various other civilian protection tasks.

Lviv authorities are now caring for nearly 800 children who were forced to flee their homes during the invasion, 467 of whom were orphans.

Patron arrived in the city on Wednesday for International Children’s Day and also paid a visit to the FC Dynamo Lviv football stadium, where many of the displaced children are housed.

Lviv city cat

Patron also met Lviv’s acclaimed ‘Cat Mayor’, Levchyk (Image: @lvivcitycat)

Lviv city cat

The couple toured the city for International Children’s Day (Image: @lvivcitycat)

Lviv city cat

They got off to a frosty start but eventually bonded over a mutual love of treats (Image: @lvivcitycat)

The patron’s owner, Myhailo Iliev, a major in the civil defense service, reportedly saw its potential when he noticed that the dog didn’t flinch at the sound of explosions.

He recommended it for active duty and was told Patron’s 4kg weight made it ideal for hunting land mines, which typically require a force of 5kg to detonate.

Mr Iliev previously said Patron is getting “a lot more tired now because of all the attention” but enjoys boosting people’s morale.

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