Carolyn Holm

One Dog, Two Cats
Grand Ideas
InterSpecies Memos

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 […]

Social Distance

Dear Mom,Everyone was standing in the street yesterday! It was so exciting. Rosie was there. And Spencer. And Cody.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Yes, a lot of us brought our dogs. Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,But why were we standing in the street?XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,We were all keeping a safe distance from each other while we chatted. Love, Carolyn […]

Delivery Danger

Dear Puffin,There is no need to tear out of the room when someone delivers a box to our doorstep.Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,C’est le Delivery Danger.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,No, seriously, there is no such thing as Delivery Danger. And since we are having everything delivered these days, all this drama is becoming really annoying.Love, […]

TP Redux

Dear Mia,Please don’t play with the toilet paper! It has become a precious commodity.Love. Carolyn Dear Mom,Of course it is precious! Toilet paper is SO MUCH FUN!!!!!Love, Mia Dear Mia,It may be, but that’s not the reason it is precious. It’s because people have gone batshit crazy hoarding the stuff. The grocery shelves are bare. […]


Dear Mom,The cats say the world outside our house is dangerous now.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I’ve told you not to listen to the cats. Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,But they both watch television. They know what is going on. I don’t usually listen to Puffin, but Mia is very smart.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,She is. But the world outside […]