Carolyn Holm

One Dog, Two Cats
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InterSpecies Memos

Category: Poppy

Groom Attack

Dear Mom,Why do you attack me with the comb?XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,It’s not an attack, sweetie. You’re being over-dramatic. You know I’m just grooming you.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,But I don’t like it.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I know. I’m sorry, it’s necessary.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Can’t we just let my hair fall out when it wants to?XOXO Poppy […]

Spring Grass

Dear Mom,Bad Ass Kitty wanted to attack us again.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,We probably shouldn’t call her that. I’ll bet she’s actually a very sweet cat.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,No, probably not. She was waiting for us to pass by her front hedge. She was going to charge at us. I’m glad we crossed the street.XOXO Poppy […]

Mix Up

Dear Mom,I didn’t know that dogs could have birthday parties!!!!!!!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,That was fun, wasn’t it? Four of our neighbor’s dogs with their people, gathered to celebrate Spencer’s birthday. He’s a very popular dog.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,There were Pupcakes!!!!!!!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Those were cute! And you all got along so well. I was glad […]

The Power

Dear Mom,Something scary is going on! Puffin says it is an April Fool’s joke!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Wait, what?Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,April Fool’s Day is tomorrow. He says that’s why you have been muttering about Power.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Oh, so all this has been because the universe is pranking us? With epic storms knocking down trees […]

Bell Musician

Dear Mom,Am I supposed to do something with this thing?XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Yes! You can ring that bell when you want to go outside!Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,But I can just come to you, put my paw on your knee, and look up into your eyes to say I want to go outside.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,But […]

Social Maturity

Dear Mom,What is going on with the cats????????XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,There’s always something going on with the cats. What are those boys up to now? Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Yesterday they were chasing each other. Back and forth. Back and forth.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,That’s a new game, isn’t it! Their relationship seems to be going through a […]

On It!

Dear Poppy,I’ve been so annoyed by your barking, sweetie, and now I read an article about Spitz breeds and find out it is a feature of the German Spitz!Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,German Spitz? Is that me?XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,It is indeed.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,What does feature mean?XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,It means they think it’s a good thing. […]

Important Words

Dear Mom,Every year you people talk about a new year, but then the year doesn’t feel new at all. They all feel the same. I don’t understand New Year’s.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Don’t worry about it. Time rolls on, and “New Year’s” is really just words.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,I know about words!!!!! XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I’m sure […]


Dear Mom,Where are all the people who were coming for Christmas Eve?XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Our plans got completely changed, sweetie. Life threw an epic wrench in the works. Between a medical emergency and a Covid case, our plans unraveled bit by bit. So, it turns out we’ll have a nice quiet Christmas Eve here together. […]

Assigned Beds

Dear Mom,Sometimes Winston sleeps in the Death Bed.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,There is no death bed, sweetie. Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,He sleeps in Mia’s bed. Puffin says that’s the Death Bed.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,No honey, there is no death bed. I thought we all settled that. Just because Mia died after she slept in that bed doesn’t […]