I need advice from people who know the Spanish better than I do.
My wife and I had a lovely and loving Yorkshire Terrier for 16 years until she died of old age just before Christmas. As a way to get over this loss, we took the opportunity to go to Spain for two months, as it had been many years since we could have a holiday without leaving our dog behind.
We rented a place on the beach near Nerja and have been here for two weeks. So have six weeks left.
In the only other occupied apartments in this block are a Spanish couple and their dog. The couple are in their late thirties or early forties.
Their balcony is adjacent to ours and one floor above.
They appear to have jobs as they are out from early in the morning until late at night. We've only seen them once in two weeks, in passing.
Their dog is left locked out on the balcony all the time they are out, with no apparent food, water, shelter or basket to sit in and although it goes in the apartment
overnight, it never seems to get taken for walks or go out with it's owners as it sits on the balcony constantly wailing, seemingly broken hearted.
We don't go out a lot, preferring a quiet life, so we see the dog from our garden every day and when it sees us it's tail wags and it desperately tries to get to us through the one inch gap in the balcony. It's not a guard dog of any sort, just an adorable little fluffy thing.
What should we do?
We were going to leave them a note asking if they would consider us looking after the mite while they are out or maybe take it for the occasional walk.
Then we thought :
a) Is it a good idea to give the poor creature any hope - as we do have to go home and chances are it will go back to imprisonment with a heavier heart?
b) Do the Spanish care? We could end up alienating the only other people in the block and/or have them take it out on the dog?
We could get up at dawn or stay up very late and approach the couple but our Spanish is very limited and we may come across as moaning English over sentimental idiots.
We've tried to ignore it, but it is hard to wake up to the shallow wail of what looks like a very personable and loving animal.
Any ideas, particularly if you're Spanish or know the Spanish well enough?
Thanks in advance