Carolyn Holm

One Dog, Two Cats
Grand Ideas
InterSpecies Memos

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 […]

Tongues

Dear Mommy,I can speak in tongues.Love, Mia Dear Mia,I don’t think you know what that means.Love, Carolyn Dear Mommy,It means I speak many languages.Love Mia Dear Mia,Well, no it doesn’t. And I don’t think you do.Love, Carolyn Dear Mommy,I speak Feline and English, for starters.Love, Mia Dear Mia,That is pretty much the default around here.Love, […]

The MouseNip

Cher Madame,This prey is confusing.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,It’s a mouse, sweetie.Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,This prey is not a mouse. She is vaguely of the mouse appearance. But mouse she is not.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,It’s a catnip mouse.Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,Catnip is a different classification. From le mouse classification.Regards, M. Le Poufin […]