Carolyn Holm

One Dog, Two Cats
Grand Ideas
InterSpecies Memos

Category: Molly

Gone

Molly July 1999 – June 7, 2016 Molly left us. At one month shy of seventeen years old, she had been having a difficult time of it – she was totally deaf, loosing her sight, and suffering from dementia, incontinence, a heart murmur, terrible teeth, arthritis and unstable knees – but she never gave up her […]

Terrier Tough

Dear Alpha Mom, I don’t need this scarf. Your Best Dog, Molly   Dearest Molly, It does look nice on you. Love, Carolyn   Dear Alpha Mom, Nice is irrelevant. I’m a Terrier. I always look like a Terrier. Your Best Dog, Molly   Dearest Molly, That’s so true. But isn’t the scarf nice and […]

Empty

Dear Alpha Mom, The food bowl is empty. Your Best Dog, Molly   Dearest Molly, Of course it is. It’s empty less than two minutes after I feed you. Clean as a whistle. Love, Carolyn   Dear Alpha Mom, The food bowl is empty. Your Best Dog, Molly   Dearest Molly, You can’t be hungry. […]

Hyper-focused

Dear Alpha Mom, There is not much for me to do any more. Your Best Dog, Molly   Dearest Molly, You can keep an eye on the kitchen, sweetie. Someone needs to make sure nothing goes wrong there. Love, Carolyn   Dear Alpha Mom, But I can’t hear a thing. I’m completely deaf now. Your […]

Assisted Living

Dear Alpha Mom, I miss sleeping in the Pantry. Your Best Dog, Molly   Dearest Molly, I know. It was your cave. Love, Carolyn   Dear Alpha Mom, I chose it myself. Your Best Dog, Molly   Dearest Molly, You did. We were all impressed by that. But I’m sorry, I have to keep you […]

Symbols

Dear Alpha Mom, I’m seeing a lot of hearts lately. Paper hearts. Heart boxes. Heart chocolates. You’ve been busy making little heart collages. What is the point of all this heart activity? Your Best Dog, Molly   Dearest Molly, That’s because it’s almost Valentines Day. Love, Carolyn   Dear Alpha Mom, But this is not […]

Tiny Tina

Dear Alpha Mom, Tiny Tina wants to know when she’s going to class. What class is that? Your Best Dog, Molly   Dearest Molly, Tina models for my after-school art class. I let the kids draw an actual live model. Who just happens to be a bantam hen. Love, Carolyn   Dear Alpha Mom, I […]

The Visitor

Memo to: Molly, Poppy, Mia and Puffin From: The Management My daughter’s dog Mika will be visiting us for two weeks. I hope you will all make this a good experience for her while we babysit her.   Cher Madame, Cette Mika, quelle horreur! We pauvre cats must spend les deux weeks frightened and threatened. […]

The Human Species

Dear Alpha Mom, I have to say I really don’t understand your species. Your Best Dog, Molly   Dearest Molly, You’ve said that before. I’m afraid none of us do. What is it you were wondering about this time? Love, Carolyn   Dear Alpha Mom, About a horrifying item on NPR. Your Best Dog, Molly […]

Sounds of Silence

Dearest Molly, This morning I heard a dog howling when a fire engine went by. Remember when you used to do that? Love, Carolyn   Dear Alpha Mom, I do remember that! I learned to howl from Bruno when he was still with us. He always said howling was a Shepherd specialty. We loved to […]