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Mr. Carson came into Martha and her husband Roy’s lives with a mouthful of dental issues, deteriorating vision and rather worried about life in general. In need of a haircut and a bit down on his luck, Martha decided Mr. Carson had to come home with her. After a great deal of TLC, Mr. Carson’s looks finally matched his elegant and formal demeanor, earning him the fitting name of Mr. Carson, after the sophisticated butler in “Downton Abbey”. While this old pooch has only been part of Martha’s and Roy’s lives for less than a year, it’s been a special year of fluffy hugs, sloppy, toothless kisses, and lots of love.

Martha Boden is SPCA Tampa Bay CEO and Mr. Carson is a