Carolyn Holm

One Dog, Two Cats
Grand Ideas
InterSpecies Memos

The Promotion

Dear Puffin,Now that Mia is gone, you’re the new Head Cat! How does that feel?Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,C’est trop. Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,Too much? Too much of what, sweetie?Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,La pressure. This pauvre petit cat is overwhelmed with la pressure.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,Seriously? Pressure? Being the cat of the house […]

Wild Life

Dear Mom,The calico cat has been coming into our yard.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I suspect she is interested in the Meadow Mice.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,We’re ALL interested in the Meadow Mice!!!!!!!!!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I wish you’d dial that back a bit. I don’t want you to kill any more of them. I like the mice. I […]

The Loaf

Dear Puffin,You have your disapproving look on you. Sitting there like a loaf of bread.Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,Pourquoi this name-calling? Madame calls this petit cat a loaf of bread? What next? The fat-shaming?Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,I was just referring to the sitting position, sweetie. When cats sit like that I always think they […]

Farewell Mia

Originally this post was going to discuss Mia’s fifteenth birthday, which is sometime in June, but she passed yesterday morning after a rough month of illness. So, in addition to celebrating her fifteenth birthday, we’ll celebrate her life! Mia was sweet, smart and sassy. She was a stunning beauty. She was the athlete of the […]

The Ruse

Dear Mia,You are looking good this morning! But what are you doing with my pillow case?Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,I was trying to explain your new morning routine to Puffin. He is confused. Because you haven’t been the one to get up and feed us breakfast.Love, Mia Dear Mia,I don’t have to. Dad has been doing […]


Dear Poppy,It’s time for our walk!Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Our walks have become so weird. What’s going on?????????XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Maybe you could be more specific?Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,All the humans with covers on their faces. I thought that was a passing thing. Like Halloween. But you are all still doing it. I don’t like it.XOXO […]

The Guest Room

Dear Mia,Your illness has saddened everyone. It came on so fast. From one week to the next you went from your normal spunky self to unsteady and feeble. It’s heartbreaking.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,It’s final. I understand that.Love, Mia Dear Mia,You must have had this tumor for a while.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,It was too much for […]


Cher Madame,Things have been very strange here.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,You’re telling me.Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,I’m telling you?Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,It’s an expression. It means I’m emphatically agreeing with you. That things have become very strange everywhere.Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,This pauvre petit cat was hoping that peut-être Madame would explain le strangeness.Regards, […]

The Deal

Dear Mom,Puffin and Poppy want me to ask you to stop vacuuming the house.Love, Mia Dear Mia,That’s not going to happen, sweetie. Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,I don’t worry too much about it, but it terrifies Puffin, and it makes Poppy nervous.Love, Mia Dear Mia,I’ve noticed that it puts Puffin in a panic. You’d think I was […]

Bear Hunt

Cher Madame,Je suis worried about the window.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,The window? Which window? Honey, how can a window be worrisome?Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,Il faut point out that there are two creatures sitting in our window. By the front door. They are not alive. But they are provocative. Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,I get […]