Thinking Aloud

The dogs of war: How man's best friend saved lives and stirred hearts

Patron, the Ukrainian bomb-sniffing dog, shows us that bravery sometimes comes in a bundle of fur.

Bomb-sniffing dog Patron in Ukraine and Japanese soldiers with a war dog in northern China in 1937. PHOTOS: STATE EMERGENCY SERVICE OF UKRAINE, WORLD WAR II DATABASE
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In May, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky bestowed a state award on a fighter who is possibly the country's smallest - a two-year-old jack russell terrier named Patron.

Patron, whose name means "ammo" in Ukrainian, helps sniff out dangerous explosives in Ukraine and has found more than 200 of such devices. Videos show the small dog wearing his trademark protective vest and walking around with his snout to the rubble, seeking out mines left behind by the invading Russian army.

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