Kiev Bomb-Detecting Jack Russell Patron Wins Special Palm Dog Prize

A Jack Russell named Opium accepted the award in Patron’s place (Reuters)

Patron, the Jack Russell terrier who has been saving lives by detecting bombs in Kiev, Ukraine, was named this year’s DogManitarian at the Palm Dog awards on May 27. Since the hardworking Patron could not make it to Paris, lookalike Opium was there to receive the award in his place, KFGO reports.

Patron was previously given a medal by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy for his heroic service.

The top prize, the Palm Dog, which is awarded to the best dog performer in this year’s Cannes films, went to Britney, a silver poodle who plays “Beast” in Riley Keough’s directorial debut, “War Pony.” She and co-director Gina Gammell accepted the award on behalf of Britney, who also couldn’t make it to the ceremony. Two poodles, one black and one white, were on hand, with the black poodle receiving the coveted Palm Dog collar before it can be sent to Britney.

“War Pony” was originally called “Beast,” after co-writer Bill Reddy’s pit bull. “He had a real connection to the dog, and it really affected us all,” Keough told The Hollywood Reporter . “And I feel like [the day he died] kind of inspired the whole film, and we were like, let’s make a story about Beast.”

“War Pony” follows Bill (Jojo Bapteise Whiting), one of the young Oglala Lakota men trying to make ends meet on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in various ways, including breeding poodles.

Two dogs shared the Grand Jury Prize: Marcel, the title terrier in French film “Marcel!” and the sheepdog from Icelandic offering “Godland,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Mutt Titane took home the new Elvis Palm Hound Dog award, so-named after Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” biopic, which received raves at the fest.

The dog awards were founded in 2001 by film journalist Toby Rose. In past years, the Palm Dog has gone to Uggie, the Jack Russell from “The Artist,” and Brandy, the pit bull in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” The poodle from “The Meyerowitz Stories” won in 2017.

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