There’s a popular saying that humans do not deserve dogs because of their unwavering loyalty and love. Patron, Ukraine’s bomb-sniffing dog, has proven this time-tested claim of loyalty as he becomes one of Ukraine’s most decorated war heroes to be awarded since the invasion started on February 24.

Patron, the bomb-sniffing dog whose name means “cartridge” in Ukrainian, was decorated by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky last Sunday during a news conference held in Kyiv. The Ukrainian government estimates that Patron has detected around 250-260 Russian explosives in Chernihiv.

The 2-year-old Jack Russell terrier received the award in the presence of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was visiting Ukraine at that time. According to the person announcing the award, Patron received the “Medal for Dedicated Service.” When his handler received the award, Patron was seen to be wagging his tail excitedly, indicating that he was happy to be receiving the state award.

His owner, Major Myhailo Iliev from the Civil Protection Service, also received the state award for his duties as a mine-defusing pyrotechnician. Trudeau was seen to be patting his pockets and coat for a treat for Patron but could not find one.