It looks like war….

Seems like war in the Ukraine is coming as the Bond Villain Putin wants to flex his strength and show the weak President in the United States of America that he means business.

I wonder what the woke generation of those who voted for Biden are thinking now. He has 8.500 troops on immediate standby for the Ukraine and with the ultimate aim of 50,000 troops should NATO get involved. Tell me again at which point Trump did all this? He contained Russia, China, North Korea and Iran because he was unpredictable, and that unpredictability was keeping the peace in a way.

Yet within 12 months of the oldest President to be sworn in to power Putin is flexing his muscles.

This is not a coincidence and has been planned by Putin the minute he knew Biden got in, as Biden cannot even answer questions in a coherent manner never mind being the Commander in Chief of an America vs Russia conflict.

The problem for the United States of America and the people of the Ukraine is that you have the same inept people in dealing with this, who dealt with the disastrous evacuation from Afghanistan and who by the way have left people behind….American citizens and those people who helped the US Military. There could be hundreds left behind and that does not bode well with what is coming.

Secretary of State Blinken is trying to talk up how the USA will deal with Russia but he has been a disaster in everything he has done when put to the test, and all Biden has done is pick the people who worked for Obama and Obama’s policy was to drop drones on just about everyone but I digress.

US-IMMIGRATION-CEREMONY

There is no appetite from the people in America for war and Republicans are demanding Russia de-escalate as both parties push for sanctions and try to avoid sending U.S. forces to Ukraine following reports President Biden is considering deploying up to 50,000 troops to the Baltic region. (www.dailymail.co.uk)

Our own Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab has stated that Russia will pay a heavy price if they invade…but pay by who?

We have nothing left thanks to the Conservatives and I certainly don’t want to see any fallen heroes arriving at Brize Norton and sacrificed due to the mistake America made by voting in the weakest President they have had for decades.

Putin has nothing to fear and there is nothing from Germany and France. Infact Germany is banning weaponry from anywhere their borders. It is quite probable that Germany is worried at the thought that Putin would feel that there is unfinished business from WW2 with regards to Germany, and France….well its France and they will do what the Germans tell them to do.

The Ukraine will not be able to rely on Europe as if the two largest powers in the area are saying nothing, then the rest of them will follow suit and it will be us and the USA who will be dragged into a war that is really nothing to do with us.

There is also the fact that China will then go for Taiwan whilst Russia is in the Ukraine and who will protect Taiwan then? Certainly not Europe as they do not have the stomach for it and are nervous of what Russia would do to them and that has given Putin this bold stance.

The demands of the Ukraine not being in NATO is not really what he is interested in, neither is the request for the West to remove their service personnel from Ukraine as he knows that he is just picking some issues out of air. He means to attack and he will and then what?

Boris Johnson and successive Conservative Governments have stripped our forces to the bone and we have nothing really to fight with. The PM delivered the stark message as he admitted that the prospects of averting a confrontation in the area were ‘gloomy’. 

It is not that we do not have the will to fight as we have some of the finest soldiers in the world but they cannot fight with very little kit. Labour wouldn’t be any different. It seems that the military is expected to fight some of the largest militarised countries in the world but with what? Its not even as we have a call up…which the Ukraine is doing now and that is not a good thing. 18 year olds are now being called up in the Ukraine to try and stop the might of the Russians, and mothers and daughters have now stated that they will fight to stop the Russians and I believe them and pray for their safety.

Civilians training to resist any Russian invasion of Ukraine over the weekend. Left is 21-year-old Tatania, a veterinary medicine student
Civilians training to resist any Russian invasion of Ukraine over the weekend. Left is 21-year-old Tatania, a veterinary medicine student

There will be no conscription here or in the USA (as neither Parties will vote for that….it is political suicide) and lets face it….the youth that we had in the 40s when we were under threat are not the same as the ones we have today. They need safe spaces and get upset because President Trump sends out nasty tweets. If that is what we have to rely on….god help us and that is why we must not go to war.

We cannot go to war against a country that has indoctrinated its military and who has been building it up for years, whilst we have been running ours down and no soldier in the United Kingdom wants to go to war, after all who will protect their loved ones when they are away.? Todate, Boris Johnson has stated that he won’t be sending troops but we know he cannot keep his word and like Biden….Johnson will create a war if it means taking your eyes of the polls, after all there is nothing better for some when they become a war leader, only this time this is a real enemy. Russians have more soldiers in the build up on the Ukraine border than we have in our entire army…..the odds are not good for us and I hope that Parliament will refuse to sanction a war.

Speaking on a visit to a hospital in Milton Keynes as NATO ministers held crisis talks in Brussels, Mr Johnson said the Kremlin must realise that Ukraine could be a ‘new Chechnya’. ‘The intelligence is very clear that there are 60 Russian battle groups on the borders of Ukraine, the plan for a lightning war that could take out Kyiv is one that everybody can see,’ he said. ‘We need to make it very clear to the Kremlin, to Russia, that that would be a disastrous step.’

We are now teetering on the edge of insanity and it seems that there is no one else to pull it back and I fear for the people of the Ukraine as evil forces are on their way, and the only thing we have to ask ourselves is when!!!

My boy……Zeus and how he helped me overcome grief.

I took the photo today of my boy Zeus and not only his he very photogenic (and he knows it) but he is also the love of my life.

When my son saw the picture of Zeus almost 6 years ago I had just lost the last of my JRTs in Sandy and Spud. Sandy was a JRT mixed with a dachshund and he was a tenacious little boy and he had the attitude of a dog the size of a rottweiler, but he was so sweet with us his family and his brother Spud, who was a bulky JRT but both were perfect. It was almost like the animal version of Mice and Men and Spud was my Larry….he wanted nothing more than to cuddle with his mum (me), and us being together was all he wanted. The Velcro dog as we like to think.

I lost Spud at the age of 12 as he had Cancer. He was a good boy who would sit quietly with me all day, and yet I think back with sadness when I remember the Vet saying that it would be the kindest to put him to sleep as he was no longer eating. I begged them to give him Chemo and would have emptied my savings, taken out loans…whatever was needed to get my boy better but sadly it was not to be and they told me that nothing could be done, and I lost my boy that day. His final view was me telling him that he was my boy and that I loved him very much.

It was so sad as he was always car sick but on his last journey he was sniffing out of the window and enjoying the air and I remember rushing in the Vet with him in my arms crying for help. I did not know that day that I would not be going home without him.

I don’t remember leaving the Vets that day as I was in tears and anyone who says its only a dog…has no heart and has never had a pet…..infact they are not a pet…they are our children.

When I came home to Sandy he went to the back door looking for his brother and was wondering round and round looking for Spud, and of course he was not there and he became depressed overtime as he was missing his best bud….they had been together for 12 years and nothing it seemed would brighten his life. That was until this abused, malnourished cat appeared on my door step one year later needing medical help, love and care and Sandy that tenacious JRT who would have seen any cat out of the garden on any day of the week suddenly took to Fudge, and it was so sweet just watching them nestle together. They were two tier pets as we called them. Fudge was on the 2nd step and Sandy on the 1st Step and they just gave each other that special care and love that both of them needed.

4 years later Sandy had a massive stroke and we knew it was time. In the Vets again we had to say goodbye to our almost 17 year old furry son who had brought us so much joy like his brother, and who when they were both younger would have given any premier league footballer a run for their money with their ball skills. We told him that we loved him very much and that he was to go and have fun with his brother at Rainbow Bridge and to chase the balls that Spud kept popping……but then he was gone….

The emptiness and the sorrow just came like a massive wave of hurt, anger and misery…my boy was gone and that was it…I had no dogs…no furry sons who were going to bark at every movement outside, who would announce us in their own ways of excited barkings when we came home, and no more sitting on our laps wanting more and more cuddles….that was all gone and the misery was just a dark cloud that hit there and then.

I had to get out of the Vets as my heart was hurting and Ieft Mr Points of Sue to settle the bill as I just needed air., and Mr Points of Sue tried to look stoic but I knew he was hurting after all we had just lost our second boy. Sandy was my 33rd birthday present as being an Army wife I was lonely when my own children had started school and in the local papers was an advert for JRTs and that was it. I met Sandy when I went to the house and put my bag down and he piddled on it… I knew then that this little cheeky pup was mine, and he brought so much joy and laughter to the house. The boys were little and to hear their giggles as this tiny little thing chased after them attacking their slippers made us feel complete as family.

Spud was my mum’s puppy and she developed asthma although I knew we would be offered the chance to house Spud and I actually picked him out for her, and sure enough 4 weeks later this little bundle of love came into our lives. He was dominated by his much smaller brother but wherever one was…so was the other and they could both fit in one chair and when Sandy barked at something (when he wasn’t attacking the hoover) Spud would bark although we knew he did not know what he was barking at….but his big brother had barked…so must he.

I never rested until I had both of the boys ashes back in our home and they are in a special place as I cannot bear to scatter their ashes even round my much loved roses, and have already decided that when it is my time to go….my furry children’s ashes come with me.

With both my boys gone my eldest son had noticed that I did not to find joy anymore, I didn’t smile anymore. I know that is crazy as I had beautiful grandchildren by this time and they are my joy and my heart, but when you are used to the pitter patter of tiny paws on your floors, and that greeting when you come home is something else, to have it gone is so loud in the emptiness. Nobody can give you that much joy and love in the same way a dog can and I missed it.

Then Zeus arrived and that emptiness that I felt was gone. Poor Mr Points of Sue did not get a look in and Zeus is now my Velcro dog and like Spud he likes nothing more than cuddling with me.

Now when I look at my boy I see such love and such joy and I know I talk about him a lot but he is just a loveable bundle. When we took him to the vet we found out that he had an issue with his health and it would cost us a lot of money each year and I didn’t care, and what he needs he will get.

When we are out for a walk he must pee up every bush and the first half a mile can take forever and it can be crossed off the list for exercise for me as I am stop, start, stop, start but the joy of watching him with his face in the shopping bag is wonderful as he knows that there is always a ball in there for him, and like any spoilt child there is.

He now has a large box of squeaky balls and tip for those of you who are dog lovers…the scooby doo balls in B & M are Zeus stress test free. He cannot get his teeth into and the squeaks have remained intact. £1.50 for a small ball and £2.50 for a large one is great value for money and because he only has a little jaw it is the smaller ones he likes.

When I come through the door like all parents of dogs he runs to me with his tail going and I will always greet him first as he is the baby of the family, and nobody can welcome you home the same way as your furry child as that sort of love cannot be forced. He is so sweet that even our Postie Steve loves seeing him.

So, for me my Zeus is my joy, my happiness, my baby and whilst he relies on me for his care…it is a mutual relying on each other for love and yep he even comes up to bed and he’s in the middle as he likes to rest his across me and his dad and neither of us move him…so how daft are we.

I don’t want to think of life without him as I am hoping he beats Sandy at almost 17 years and he grows to be a really old boy and where we will by that time be walking at the same rate….slow.

So don’t be surprised if you see more and more about Zeus on my blog as he brings so much joy that I want to share it with everyone.

Virgin Media price increases…

Well it’s started…the corporate greed increases are going to start affecting people from now……

Virgin media have written a very polite letter to us staring that our bill is going up….another £69….its a 13% increase on last years bill. That’s one massive leap…

I know some people will think it’s a small price but add that with the council tax bill increase, which Warrington Council have gone for the maximum allowed, the utilities increase and the NI hike…thats on average a £3000 pound uncrease on the already overly taxed people, and where do these companies think the money comes from?

Mind you the Directors of these companies rake it in so they don’t care, and the perks like the MPs….its all free….

We had another phone with them cancelled it and for me that’s not enough, going to cut back on everything and change providers, because if companies like this are going to stick the boot in when we are already down….they won’t be getting our custom.

Hit the greedy companies in the pocket as that’s all they understand.

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