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.

“Today, I want to award those Ukrainian heroes who are already clearing our land of mines. And together with our heroes, a wonderful little sapper – Patron – who helps not only to neutralize explosives but also to teach our children the necessary safety rules in areas where there is a mine threat,” Zelensky said after the ceremony.

Patron has grown to be a symbol of national pride for the Ukrainians, which shows anybody can serve their country in any capacity. Patron first gained popularity in a series of viral videos that the Ukrainian Government has published online, most notable for the time Patron fell asleep on a table during a news conference. In other videos, he was seen to be putting his vest on with his handler and climbing into a vehicle into another soldier’s lap.