'From fundraising to detecting explosives, cats and dogs have been helping
Ukrainians deal with the devastating impact of Russia's invasion.
Patron, the mine-sniffing dog, is one of them. He works for Ukraine's state
emergency service - but his mine-clearance skills and apparently disarming
charisma have also earned him hundreds of thousands of followers online.
He and a number of other animals - some real, some cartoon - have been offering
emotional support and posting practical advice on their social media accounts.
This ranges from guidance on how to deal with difficult feelings caused by war
to tips on what to do when you see an explosive device.
Through his work, Patron has met numerous dignitaries and celebrities visiting
Kyiv, including Lord of the Rings
star Orlando Bloom, UK Prime Minister Rishi
Sunak and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Ukraine's postal service has printed stamps featuring the canine hero, who has
also been awarded a medal for "dedicated service" by President Volodymyr
Via Christoph S.
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