Carolyn Holm

One Dog, Two Cats
Grand Ideas
InterSpecies Memos

Category: Poppy

The Soldier

Dear Poppy,I think it is interesting that every night, when you see that it’s time to turn off the light and go to sleep, you get up and quietly leave the room.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Why are you bringing this up?XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,You clearly know it’s odd. You stop in the doorway and look over […]


Dear Mom,<3 <3 <3 !!!!!!!!!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Hearts! That’s so sweet!Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Hearts?????XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,The little heart symbols that you made – that’s so very sweet!Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Those aren’t hearts, they’re noses.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Noses? You are sending me noses?Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Yes! Like when I nudge you with my nose to […]


Dear Mom,How long are we going to babysit Mika?XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Two weeks. You have a pal to hang with! Of course, the cats aren’t thrilled. Mika needs to stop barking at them. But she’s already getting better about that. Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Mika says she is the senior dog. So, I’m supposed to let […]


Dear Mom,Am I a Viking?XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,You are clearly a Spitz, which was indeed originally a Nordic breed. The Viking dogs were your people, but I’m not sure any Viking would recognize you.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Why not???????XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,You are a gentle spirit, sweetie. I’m sure the Viking dogs were a pretty wild […]


Dear Mom,Everyone has rules.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,That’s probably true. Mia always had a very strict rule about touching her belly. It wasn’t allowed. No exceptions. Puffin has a lot of rules but they are more about sticking to the household schedule. I don’t think Winston has any rules. Maybe that will change as he grows […]

Bad Words

Dear Mom,Puffin hissed at me again.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,He hisses at everyone, sweetie. Don’t take it personally.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,He uses bad words. Really bad words. He tells everyone to “F— off!”XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Just ignore it. He’s a sweet guy most of the time. but he can be a grumpy old man when things […]

Starting Over

Dear Mom,Puffin says it’s New Year’s Eve. Why do we need a new year?XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,It’s a human thing. We like to start over once a year. Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Start over???????? Why??????????XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Maybe we’ll get it right this time.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Now I’m confused. Humans don’t always make sense to me.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Don’t […]


Dear Mom,I overheard you say yesterday that cats are your people.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I’m sorry if that made you feel bad, sweetie. I love dogs too!Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,There have been a lot of dogs in this household. I remember Molly.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,She was awesome. Weird, but awesome. Before her, there were Bruno and […]

The Vegetable

Dear Mom,I don’t like this creature.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Winston, or the Jack o’Lantern? Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Not Winston! But what’s a Jacko thingy? I don’t even know what that is!!!!!!!!!!!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,It’s a Halloween thing. You’ve seen them before, sweetie. Every year. People carve a pumpkin so that it has a face.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,That’s […]


Dear Mom,Winston doesn’t know his own name.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Of course he does, he just pretends he doesn’t.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,He doesn’t even look at you when you call him.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Sometimes. When he’s in that mood I can call him ’til the cows come home and he won’t acknowledge it.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,We have cows???????XOXO […]