Carolyn Holm

One Dog, Two Cats
Grand Ideas
InterSpecies Memos

The Service

Cher Madame,The new grooming service is appreciated. Madame is too kind.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,I’m so glad you like it! The vet pointed out that you did not seem to be grooming yourself very well, so she recommended a daily brushing.Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,This is an embarrassment. She said that this petit cat is […]

The Squad

Dear Mom,Everyone has been wanting my food.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,No one wants your food, sweetie. The cats are just walking past it because your feeder is next to the kitchen door.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Puffin comes over and sniffs it.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,He’s just checking it out. You don’t need to lunge and bark at him.Love, […]


Mom!Why are you doing this to me?????!!!!!Winston Dear Winston,Someday you will appreciate this nice little jacket! Try standing up. You don’t have to crawl when you wear it. And you can walk forward. No need to crawl backwards.Love, Carolyn Mom,Why why why why why!!!!!!!Winston Dear Winston,You’ll get used to it! When you do, we can […]

The Tiff

Cher Madame,Madame does not appreciate the fine arts.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,Well, okay, I’ll bite: what are you on about now?Love, Carolyn Cher Madame, This petit cat has a remarkable singing voice, and Madame and Monsieur do nothing but complain about it.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,This AGAIN? We complain because you are singing at […]

Red Flags

Dear Mom,What is going on with Puffin???XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Oh dear, now what?Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,He’s been so weird.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,So, nothing new. Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,He went to the vet!!!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Yes, something was clearly wrong with him. He wasn’t eating, for starters. That’s always a red flag.Love, Carolyn  Dear Mom,Puffin always eats!!!XOXO Poppy Dear […]

The Crow

Mom!WHAT WAS THAT??????!!!!!!!Winston Dear Winston,Maybe you could give me some context.Love, Carolyn MomContext?????????????????Winston Dear Winston,What did it look like? Love, Carolyn Mom,It was HUGE!!!Winston Dear Winston,That’s a start. Where did you see it?Love, Carolyn Mom,It was sitting right on our patio wall!!!!!Winston Dear Winston,Was it another cat?Love, Carolyn MomNo!!! It was a bird!!! It was HUGE!!!!! […]


Cher Madame,Madame is not fair.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,Because I get annoyed with you for keeping us awake with your early morning singing?Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,Oui, c’est ça, and also The Best Cat Ever title.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,What about it? You love to be called that! Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,Yesterday you said Winston was The […]

The Raincoat

Dear Mom,Rainy days are the WORST. XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I know, sweetie. You hate to go outside in the rain.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,It’s too wet.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Rain does have a tendency to make things wet. Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,I don’t like to get wet. So, we should skip the walk when it rains. XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,That’s […]


Dear Winston,The sofa pillows were apparently having a good time last night.Love, Carolyn Hey Mom!They were???? That’s so cool! How do you know?Winston Dear Winston,The cushions were all over the floor.Love, Carolyn Mom,They were having fun???? I didn’t know they even liked it!!!!!Winston Dear Winston,I think you were the one having fun.Love, Carolyn Mom,I was! It was […]


Dear Puffin,The last several weeks have continued to be difficult.Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,Pourquois difficult?Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,Seriously? We’ve been over this many times. It’s about your early morning caterwauling. Which has been driving us crazy.Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,Oui, Madame has brought this up several times.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,I have to say […]