Carolyn Holm

One Dog, Two Cats
Grand Ideas
InterSpecies Memos

Category: Poppy


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. […]


Dear Mom, Is Winston going to take ballet with us? XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I’m sure he will, but of course he won’t be as experienced as you are. He’s never taken a zoom class before. You know just where to lie to be part of it. On your back with one foot up.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,You […]


Dear Mom,This is the BEST SURPRISE EVER!!!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,The kitten? I’m so glad you are excited! But we don’t want to overwhelm the baby, do we?Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,I’m not going to overwhelm him! I just want to play with him!!!!!!! And snuggle him!!!!! And chase him!!!!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Ok, let’s dial that down […]


Dear Poppy,You don’t seem to be at all alarmed by the booming sounds every night.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Oh no!!!!!! Should I be alarmed? XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,No, sweetie! I just wanted to check in with you on it. A lot of the dogs in the neighborhood have been freaking out. Seems like folks have been going […]

Wild Life

Dear Mom,The calico cat has been coming into our yard.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I suspect she is interested in the Meadow Mice.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,We’re ALL interested in the Meadow Mice!!!!!!!!!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I wish you’d dial that back a bit. I don’t want you to kill any more of them. I like the mice. I […]


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 […]