Carolyn Holm

One Dog, Two Cats
Grand Ideas
InterSpecies Memos

Category: Poppy

Pack Politics

Dear Mom,I love it in the evening when we all hang out in the living room after dinner.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,It’s very cozy, isn’t it? Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,We are all together. You and Dad reading, and the three of us with you.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,That’s when we have a quorum.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,A quorum? Am […]


Dear Mom,The guy on the scooter went by again!!!!!!!!!!!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I know. You notified us. But I wish you wouldn’t bark every time he goes by.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,But it’s so exciting!!!!!!!!!!!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,And then late last night everything was quiet and suddenly you were barking like a crazy dog. It startled us […]

Vacuum Drama

Dear Poppy,I appreciate your level head when I vacuum.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,I really don’t like that thing.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I know, but it’s impressive the way you stay calm, and quietly exit the room when the vacuum comes roaring in.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Puffin doesn’t keep calm about it. He says it is a dangerous machine. […]

Deck the Halls!

Dear Mom,It’s Christmas?????????XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Yes! I thought you knew that.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,But where is everyone?XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,It’s just us this year. You and the cats and me and Dad.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,But where is your daughter? And her dog Mika? They always come for the holidays!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Not this year, sweetie. […]


Dear Poppy,I wish we could do something about your barking.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Do something?XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Maybe do a little less.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Now I’m confused.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I’m sorry. But your barking has become a problem. I have to ask you to stop barking at everything.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,I don’t bark at everything! There are […]


Dear Mom,The cats have been making me crazy.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I know. You get very excited when they play. They race around, you follow them barking, and this place becomes a madhouse.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,You call the cats The Loud Boys. XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,They are loud indeed. I don’t know how a pair of animals […]


Dear Mom,I’m so glad we’ve been going for walks again!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I am too. Thank goodness the smoke from the wildfires has cleared up. Mostly, anyway.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,The smoke had a terrible smell.                     XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,It did. And the ash got all over everything. It was all very bad for our health. So, […]

Cat Games

Dear Mom,Winston keeps trying to get into my basket with me.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,That’s so sweet! He wants to sleep with you!Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,I don’t do that!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I’ve noticed. You jump right out of your bed when Winston jumps in. Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Yes! Because a bed should be for one of us […]


Dear Mom,The cone is coming OFF???????? XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I think so. I checked you, and you look okay. I have a call in to the vet to get the go-ahead to remove it.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,It has been driving me crazy.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,It’s been driving me crazy too. Going for a walk has not […]

A Very Bad Day

Dear Poppy,I’m sorry. I really am. But you’ll need to keep that thing on for a while.Love, Carolyn Dear Poppy,I know you are unhappy, baby. Can you try to walk now? Love, Carolyn Dear Poppy,Maybe start with standing up. Love, Carolyn Dere Mm,I camf do arythng with ths hingon mh hdPoppy Dear Poppy,I know it’s hard, sweetie. […]