Carolyn Holm

One Dog, Two Cats
Grand Ideas
InterSpecies Memos

Heritage

Dear Puffin,When Poppy and I were in Los Angeles recently we saw your old neighborhood.Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,My old neighborhood? En France?Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,Of course not France, Puff. Los Angeles. Where you were found as a teeny tiny kitten. A wide-eyed toddler, lost and wandering the streets of South Central LA. Love, Carolyn […]

The Rat

Dear Alpha Mom,I miss the two back yard mice. They were fun. I don’t like the rat who replaced them. He’s intimidating. He sneers at me.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I miss the cute mice too. I liked their little white feet. I guess Rodney Rat saw their franchise and told them to get out so he […]

Drama

Dear Mom,Puffin is driving everyone crazy.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,He’s unhappy, sweetie. We just have to put up with it for a while.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,He keeps ambushing me. He’s a jerk.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,He is. But he’s our jerk. And he’s going through a rough time. Besides, you chase him too. So it sort of […]

Torture

Cher Madame,Il faut bring up a serious problem. An epicurean crisis.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,I suspect I know what this is all about.Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,Les standards of the kitchen, they are collapsed.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,I understand that you are upset. But I can’t give you what you want.Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,It […]

Performance Art

Dear Mom,This last week was the WORST WEEK EVER!!!!!! We were SO upset.Love, Mia Dear Mia,YOU were upset! Think about Poppy! Both of her beds getting filled with puddles of pee. Each time I cleaned it up, it happened again. I was at my wits end.Carolyn Dear Mom,We couldn’t figure out why you didn’t get […]

Turn of Phrase

Dear Mom,Why do humans worry about Friday the 13th?Love, Mia Dear Mia,Humans are a very superstitious species. Some folks even think black cats are bad luck.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,That makes no sense. If a cat wants to be bad luck, it has nothing to do with her color.Love, Mia Dear Mia,You are absolutely right. Go […]

Jump!

Dear Puffin,You have been very jumpy lately. Is it the noise across the street?Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,This petit cat appreciates that Madame understands! Oui, the noise she is excessive.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,It has been noisy, hasn’t it? I’ll be glad when they are finished with that endless house remodel. The pounding, the sawing, the […]

Howl!

Dear Poppy,You were so well behaved on our car trip to Los Angeles!Love, Carolyn Dear Alpha Mom,It was terrible. Such a long drive! I was relieved when we finally arrived..XOXO Poppy  Dear Poppy,It is a long drive. That’s why I put you in your anxiety jacket, and I gave you a CBD chew. And that’s why […]

The Study

Dear Mia,I heard that there is a recent Japanese study that concludes that cats know their own names!Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,That’s insulting. Of course we do.Love, Mia Dear Mia,It’s not all that obvious. Cats usually act like they don’t. In fact, the study pointed out that they generally prefer to ignore their humans.Love, Carolyn Dear […]

The Lawyer

Dear Puffin,This morning you lied to me. I have to say, I’m disappointed in you.Carolyn Cher Madame,This petit cat does not do the lying.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,You did this morning. As soon as I woke up you were all over me, crying that Monsieur hadn’t fed you.Carolyn Cher Madame,One should ask Monsieur about […]