Carolyn Holm

One Dog, Two Cats
Grand Ideas
InterSpecies Memos

Cat Therapy

Hey Mom,Puffin says I have a job to do. For you and Dad. Winston Dear Winston, A job? Do you remember what this job entailed? Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,No tail involved at all. Something about lap time. And it involves peeing. But I told him that you were very particular about where we pee. Definitely not on […]


Dear Puffin,Do you realize we’ve been corresponding for ten years now? Every week for ten years!Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,Mais oui, of course. We all know this. Did Madame only come to that conclusion now? Did we need to spell it out for Madame?Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,There is no need to be sarcastic, sweetie. […]


Dear Mom,Puffin says that he and Winston get Special Privileges because they are cats.XOXO Poppy  Dear Poppy,You all do, sweetie. This is a very privileged household.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,The cats have more privileges. They get to sleep on the bed!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,There simply isn’t room for everyone to pile onto the bed. You get […]

Roof Cats

Hey Mom,The TV news guy was talking about Lizard Warnings!!!!!!!Winston Dear Winston,No, honey, that was blizzard warnings.Love, Carolyn Hey Mom,I’m pretty sure he said lizards. Do they swarm over houses? I want to catch a lizard!!!!!!!Winston Dear Winston,There were no lizard warnings. This is like the time when you heard my friend say she had […]


Dear PuffinI wish I knew how it is that you know exactly what time it is.Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,Surely Madame herself knows the time.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,But I rely a clock for that! Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,Humans are so helpless.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,Do you listen for the chimes of our old pendulum clock? Count […]

Garden Rules

Dear Mom,Why are you cutting up your garden? I thought you loved it!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Because it is winter, and where we live, this is the time of year when everything gets cut back.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,But I thought you loved your roses!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,You are a very smart dog to notice. I do […]

Moving Parts

Hey Mom,I was just getting used to the Visitor Dogs when they left!Winston Dear Winston,I know you were. It was good to see. I’m glad that, even though you were spooked sometimes, you didn’t run away from them, because that would surely have made them chase you, and you’d never get used to each other!Love, […]

Stress Eating

Cher Madame,Those miserable curs still reside in our house. The elderly one and the tiny one. Two miserable curs.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,Let’s not start with the name-calling. Mika and Musso are two sweet dogs who are part of our extended family. We are babysitting them for my daughter while she is traveling. I […]


Dear Mom,Having guest dogs staying here over the holidays is exhausting.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,You can’t be serious. Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,I’m always serious. I’m not a cat.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Fair enough. What’s so exhausting?Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,All that defending.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Okay, I’m glad you brought that up. The cats don’t need defending. For one thing, both […]

Shiny Toys!

Hey Mom!You’ve put out so many shiny toys for me!!!!!Winston Dear Winston,Those aren’t toys, sweetie. That bowl of ornaments is part of our holiday decor. And you’re not supposed to even be on that table.Love, Carolyn Mom,But they ARE toys!!!! They roll when I tap them. Winston Dear Winston,Please leave them in the bowl!Carolyn Hey Mom,They […]