We had Petit Gervais who was killed by poisoning in October. But there is a silver lining to this cloud. Bonji, my other bitch has had a litter of four pups. It was my fault I confess. I let her have a bit too much fun - with the boys. I had meant to sterilise her but the vet whom I use, - Sarah at NovaVet - in Tavira was off on maternity leave. She has had twins! Congratulations to you and the twins, Sarah :).
Bonji had the pups on the 5th of November so they are
under a month old. Their fathers are various. I know not who. I only
saw her couple with one â€“ and he was a strange looking chap.
The pups have started a eating a bit of dog food but depend mainly on Bonji to keep them fed. Bonji finds this difficult. They are hungry little things. Their mother eats almost double her pre-pup diet but still finds it hard to feed them sometimes. And now they have some teeth so I imagine it must be even more uncomfortable.
Bonji was orphaned when she was a pup. She used to scream a lot and was a very angry pup. Her mother Roxy was also killed by poisoning along with a few other dogs of some of the neighbours . These puppies are very calm and happy and sleep a lot of the time. So we have peace and quiet. I dread when they will be able to clamber out of their makeshift enclosure of plastic pots. This occupies the living room floor. Bonji has the sofa.
She does a sterling job of keeping them clean. They are developing their own characters :). There is 1 girl and three chaps. I have named them Chubbs, Topman, BlackBoy and Conan. I hope to find good homes for them. I will keep one and am sending one to my niece.
Since moving to Portugal I havenâ€™t been active politically. Mainly due to being busy with things and having become resigned as to the futility of having a political rant. All those protest marches in England. against student debt and illegal wars. In the end the political classes do what their paymasters want. Only rarely do you see a politician with genuine conviction, passion and spine.
nephew who has moved to the USA understands the workings of politics.
He has only recently started earning but contributes financially to
his favoured political party. In the USA the politics and policies
are controlled by those with wealth and financial clout. It is a sad
state of affairs but this is what it is.
The Covid-19 virus circus looks like it is set to continue. In the UK, PM Boris Johnson wants a 1 month total lockdown. In Portugal there is mention of a â€˜softâ€™ lockdown.
You cannot keep going into lockdown as this is not effective. Lockdown has - and will - destroy economies and therefore societies. People need to go about their business for society to function. Portugal which is heavily dependent on tourists and the money they bring in, has been hard hit with the UK putting Portugal on the â€˜black listâ€™.
PM Boris Johnson talks the talk but canâ€™t walk the walk. He, President Donald Trump and President Jair
Bolsonaro of Brazil all had the virus. Their reaction to having contracted it has been very different. Boris wants to be wrapped in cotton wool and be hugged, while Trump and Bolsonaro know we have to get on with it or the future will be even worse with total economic chaos. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
and I, had the virus. We are just getting on with it.
What needs to be done is isolate only very vulnerable groups like the elderly to minimize their exposure to virus. The rest of us should go about our business and not hide from the virus. If you are in reasonable health you will survive it and then become immune. It is like a bad case of the flu. What the health departments of our countries should be doing is teaching people breathing techniques to deal with the virus when you contract it. It is the slow asphyxiation that finishes a person off over a period of a few days. Ofâ€™course carry on with wearing masks and the disinfection processes in closed spaces. But wearing masks on public roads and open public spaces is silly. I donâ€™t get any pleasure seeing the danÃ§arinas on the â€˜Somos Portugalâ€™ program in face masks , better SIC's DomigÃ£o ðŸ™‚
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