And finally, this selfless vet who saved a homeless cancer patient’s dog at no cost
The following is so tragic it’s gonna sound like the plot of a Lifetime movie you want to shut off half way through. But rest assured, everyone survives in the end. When Nadine Edwards, a homeless woman, was battling breast cancer, a doctor gave her a companion dog who she named Taco Baby. (Everyone okay so far?) One December night in 2010, Taco Baby ran into the street in Long Beach, California, was hit by a truck, and crushed.
Edwards, who was preparing for her second breast cancer surgery, scooped him in her arms and brought him to Community Veterinary Hospital where Dr. William Grant II said the 11-month-old pug-terrier mix was lucky to be alive. (He’s alive. See, everything’s fine.) But then how is a homeless woman battling cancer supposed to pay veterinary bills? Well... she can’t.
But Grant didn’t care. “We met and hit it off, and I said ‘I’m going to fix this one,’ ” he told Press-Telegram. Even though he knew he’d never be paid the $3,000 he was owed, it didn’t matter. Some came in from charities and rescue groups, some came in from a concerned citizen, Kim Lamm, who was there when Edwards who first brought Taco Baby in, but most of it never did. Grant said, “We can’t fix everything or save the world, but we can make a difference,” and the experience was the true meaning of “the holiday spirit.”
Rebecca Strassberg is a staff writer at Thrillist who was totally fine and calm and not at all crying until she found the story about Taco Baby. Follow her on Twitter @strassbooger.