Lenny and Squiggy, two strays who were rescued by a veterinarian and his wife, recover after receiving their last treatment for heartworm disease.

Lenny and Squiggy chill out in the “beach bungalow” of Gentle Care Animal Hospital in Raleigh, N.C., where the two strays received treatment for heartworm..

Lenny and Squiggy look right at home at their new forever home after they were rescued from a life of scrounging for scraps on Grand Turk Island.

Scavenging dogs at an island resort captivated the imagination of a North Carolina veterinarian who returned home with two unusual mementoes.

Dr. Darren Holman and his wife were introduced to potcakes— stray dogs named after their habit of foraging scraps of food caked in cooking pots–while vacationing in Grand Turk, the capital island of the Caribbean’s Turks and Caicos.

“Dr. Holman and his wife noticed two potcakes in particular who continuously congregated at the doorstep of their vacation house,” said Julie Papp, Hospital Manager at Gentle Care Animal Hospital, where Dr. Holman is the head veterinarian. “It didn’t take long before they fell in love with the dogs and made arrangements to fly them back to the states for medical testing and treatment for heartworm disease.”

At the hospital, the friendly pups—named Lenny and Squiggy—quickly became a popular fixture hanging out in their “beach bungalow,” an area the staff created to replicate their former home. 

While the long heartworm treatment was arduous, today the dogs are happy and healthy.

“They are doing great,” Ms. Papp told us. “Lenny and Squiggy are living happily together in their forever home, which is actually with two of our hospital’s employees!”

For more information on Gentle Care Animal Hospital in Raleigh, visit http://www.petrepair.com/

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