Carolyn Holm

One Dog, Two Cats
Grand Ideas
InterSpecies Memos


Dear Winston,How did you get hold of that police tape? Did you get into the trash again?Love, Carolyn Hey Mom,It was sticking out! Winston Dear Winston,I guess that makes it fair game then. Seems appropriate that it ended up in your paws. Of all of us, you are the most likely to result in a police […]

Night Watch

Dear Poppy,What’s up with you sneaking out of my room every night?Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,You know about that?XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Of course I do! You wait until I stop reading, and I’m just about to turn my light off for the night, and you get up and leave. But you are so funny, you always […]

The Precious

Cher Madame,Monsieur keeps calling my Precious a banana.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,He’s being literal, sweetie. Don’t pay any attention to that. We all know it’s your Precious.Love, Carolyn  Cher Madame,The impudent youngster keeps stealing my Precious.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,Of course he does. You’re not the only one who loves catnip, sweetie. But […]

A Sinister Visitor

Hey Mom,What are we supposed to do with this thing?Winston Dear Winston,It’s a toy!Love, Carolyn Hey,We’re supposed to play with it?Winston Dear Winston,Yes, play with it! I don’t know why you and Puffin keep looking at it so suspiciously. Love, Carolyn Hey,It’s just weird.Winston Dear Winston,The ads on TV show cats going wild over this toy.Love, […]


Dear Poppy,I’m proud of how well you take charge of your feet.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,I don’t know what you mean!!!!!!!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I’m talking about the burrs your feet pick up on our walks. Your paws are like big puffy slippers. They sweep up everything. Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,You try walking with burrs between your toes. […]


Dear Puffin,Why am I finding playing cards all over the floor?Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,C’est le business between Monsieur and myself.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,That sounds a bit secretive. What are you up to, Sweetie?Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,Up to? What is this up?Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,Okay, now I know something is going on. […]


Hey Mom,Poppy says we’re on different teams.Winston Dear Winston,She’s referring to the differences between cats and dogs. We had a talk about that recently.Love, Carolyn Hey Mom,Are we?Winston Dear Winston,Are you what?Love, Carolyn Hey Mom,On different teams?Winston Dear Winston,Sometimes. In this household the team thing is fluid.Love, Carolyn Hey Mom,So which team am I on?Winston […]

Cats vs Dogs

Dear Mom,I don’t understand cats. Winston comes up to me and bumps me with his head. He does that a lot. Puffin sometimes does that too. It’s a weird way to say hello.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,It’s a sweet gesture! You don’t think so? Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,I don’t know. It confuses me.  I think he wants me […]

Ça va?

Cher Madame,Ça va? Is Madame okay?Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,Thank you for asking, sweetie. I’m fine, I didn’t mean to alarm you.Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,The grimace, the huff and puff, the gasping, this petit cat was concerned about Madame.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,Okay, okay, I’m not that bad. You make it sound like […]

The Keyboard

Hey Mom,Poppy and I heard that there are cat videos on this thing. Where are they?Winston Dear Winston,I’ll play them for you. I don’t want you meddling with my laptop.Love, Carolyn Hey Mom,You yell when I step on the keyboard.Winston Dear Winston,You noticed.Love, Carolyn Hey Mom,You don’t yell every time. Sometimes you smile.Winston Dear Winston,That’s […]