16 per hour according to this article. We know many people here in Cabo de Gata who have given loving homes to strays, sick and abandoned dogs.
However, with 2 cats and a big dog of her own sharing her small apartment she knew she couldn't offer this new arrival a home forever. When she had said, half-jokingly to us, that we could "have her if we wanted" I didn't think she was serious. Nor did I think we would actually consider it. She certainly wasn't 'pushing' the dog on us and I forgot about the whole thing during our sunny hike home.
But then one night last week we got chatting to a traveller sleeping in a shop doorway, who was caring for a sick abandoned puppy he had found nearby which was being attacked by other dogs, sharing his food and warmth with this tiny bundle of fur. Then it struck me, if he can share what little he has then what exactly is stopping me sharing a little of my life with a fellow animal in need. Why was I focusing on what I might have to give up instead of the gifts I'd receive from having a dog in my life. Esther, it's safe to say, had already made up her mind. We decided to give it a try.
As former academics we know we have a tendency to overthink things, make plans, discuss......but with Leela on board (so far) we are finding it far easier to be happier with whatever arises. We're not naive to the fact there will be lots of challenges involving both small and large changes in how we do things from now on, but those challenges come with such an abundance of joy!