Carolyn Holm

One Dog, Two Cats
Grand Ideas
InterSpecies Memos

Wild Dog

Dear Mom,I’m ready to go up on the Ridge now!!!!!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,The Ridge is up in the mountains, sweetie.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,I know!!!!!!!!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,We can’t go today, we just got back from the cabin yesterday.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,We can’t go today?XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,No sweetie. It’s a four-hour drive.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,I […]


Dear Puffin,Winston says you told him he was an amuse bûche, a little appetizer for one of our local predators. But didn’t you mean amuse bouche? A “mouthful”, rather than a “log”?Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,Non, I meant that. C’est un pun. Madame does not know of the pun? Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear PuffinA pun? Seriously? […]

The Appetizer

Hey Mom,What’s a puma?Winston Dear Winston,Pumas are mountain lions. Love, Carolyn Hey Mom,I’M A LION?????????Winston Dear Winston,No sweetie, you are not a lion.Love, Carolyn Mom,But you call me your Resident Puma!Winston Dear Winston,We call you that as a term of endearment. Love, Carolyn Hey Mom,But I look like one, right?Winston Dear Winston,You have the small head and […]


Dear Mom,Why were you yelling at the TV?XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I wasn’t yelling. That was vocal exasperation. Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,You said you wanted to stab that man.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I did. He has it coming.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,That’s violent!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Don’t worry, sweetie, I’m not really violent. I just get frustrated at the people in […]


Cher Madame,The Poppy is unfortunately a very rude creature.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,She’s not rude, she’s a very sweet dog.Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,She doesn’t act properly.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,Ahh, we’re talking about proper, now. And in what way?Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,She doesn’t show proper solidarity with us.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,With […]


Winston,When you are in a crazy mood like this, why do you always grab my hand and bite me?Carolyn Hey Mom,Not always.Winston Dear Winston,Well, okay, when I reach out to pet you. You instantly wrap around my hand with claws and teeth. Not hard, but just the same, annoying.Love, Carolyn Hey Mom,That’s because your hand […]

Walking Shoes

Dear Mom,You’ve changed out of your sweatpants! Maybe we’re going for our walk now!!!!!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Not now, sweetie, but soon.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Now you’re brushing your hair. That could mean a number of things.  XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I brush it every day. Go back to sleep, sweetie. Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,You are taking off your […]


Cher Madame,It is très intéressant that humans invented furniture. Very inventive for an animal that is otherwise limited. Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,Limited?Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,Your claws are inferior. Your fur is inadequate. No wonder you invented clothing and furniture. Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,You enjoy our furniture. The bed is a huge hit with all of […]

Bird Watching

Hey Mom,So many birds!!!!!Winston Dear Winston,The bird feeder is busy today! Love, Carolyn Hey Mom,It’s a party out there! And the little grey bird with the party hat is the boss of the feeder!!!!Winston Dear Winston,That’s the Titmouse. You’re right, he thinks he owns the feeder. And his crest does look like a hat.Love, Carolyn Hey Mom,A […]

Flu Shot

Dear Poppy,It can’t be that bad.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,I feel TERRIBLEPoppy Dear Poppy,You’re being a Drama Queen.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Why did you take me there?Poppy Dear Poppy,That was just your annual check-up.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,The vet people hurt me.Poppy Dear Poppy,No they didn’t. It was just a flu shot, sweetie. You might be a little […]