Feeling restless one recent steamy Darlinghurst night, I decided to go on an evening slink around the neighbourhood; to wander the backstreets, tire myself out with the Burton Street hill and hopefully come across something interesting. It didn't take long.
Pasted up on a telegraph pole on Farrell Avenue was a letter to the 'residents and carers of our dear street cat'.
Minky the street cat - a fine looking feline - is apparently Farrell Avenue's own version of Ralf, (except that Royston Street's Ralf does have an 'owner' and his own Facebook account).
So I was saddened to read about Minky the Street Cat's recent brush with an unleashed, aggressive dog.
The letter read:
"Minky was badly mauled by a nasty Staffordshire bull terrier (which was NOT on a leash) last Saturday (5/1/13) in the park where she sleeps.
"She would have died but for our quick attention to her plight.
"Our wonderful Rose Bay vet saved her life that night. To date she has not incurred any infection. Her 'will to live' was undiminished despite some horrible injuries. She has had two surgical procedures to get her back on her wobbly feet.
"I know many of you have been worried about her welfare for a long time and I hope it will be better safeguarded in future.
"With the more recent proliferation of dogs in the vicinity (especially of unleashed aggressive dogs) she needs to be protected henceforth.
"If you want any further information about her, please feel free to give me a call on 0417 294 014, Darryl."
Awwww, poor little Minky!
But good on Darryl for taking her to the vet and ensuring she was OK.
I wonder now what they will do to introduce her back to the little park on Farrell Avenue.
I might take her a little care package, with an assortment of Ralf's favourite Dines, and leave it at the foot of the telegraph pole.
Long live Minky!