Carolyn Holm

One Dog, Two Cats
Grand Ideas
InterSpecies Memos

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 […]

Responsibility

This is a corrected version of this post! Dear Alpha Mom,I’m worried that I’m not doing a very good job.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,You’re doing great! What job?Love, Carolyn Dear Alpha Mom,All my responsibilities. In the house. The garden. The neighborhood. It’s so much!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,You’ve taken on a lot. I think you could cut […]

Flash Mob

Dear Mommy,I’ve been trying all evening to get all five of us in the living room. All at the same time.Love, Mia Dear Mia,Why is this so important?Love, Carolyn Dear Mommy,It’s a secret.Love, Mia Dear Mia,Well now you’ve brought it up so you’ve got me wondering.Love, Carolyn Dear Mommy,If I tell you then you won’t […]

Snack!

Cher Madame,There is a cat café in Berkeley. I don’t understand why a cat would want to go to a café.Regards, M. Le Poufin  Dear Puffin,That’s a kind of café where people can have coffee and pet cats.Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,That sounds like a terrible idea. This café is evidently French, but they spelled “cat” […]

Bad-Ass Dog Pack

Dear Poppy,When my daughter came for a visit with her dog Mika, we were having such a lovely time, until we all went out for a walk. What the heck was that all about?Love, Carolyn Dear Alpha Mommy,That walk was EPIC!!!!!!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,And by epic, you mean insane and obnoxious? Because it was a horrible […]