Carolyn Holm

One Dog, Two Cats
Grand Ideas
InterSpecies Memos

Category: Poppy


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 […]

Social Distance

Dear Mom,Everyone was standing in the street yesterday! It was so exciting. Rosie was there. And Spencer. And Cody.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Yes, a lot of us brought our dogs. Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,But why were we standing in the street?XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,We were all keeping a safe distance from each other while we chatted. Love, Carolyn […]


Dear Mom,The cats say the world outside our house is dangerous now.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I’ve told you not to listen to the cats. Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,But they both watch television. They know what is going on. I don’t usually listen to Puffin, but Mia is very smart.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,She is. But the world outside […]

The Take-over

Dear Mom,I think Mia has something up her sleeve.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,She’s a cheeky cat. I’m sure she probably does.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Seriously, she is planning something. And she’s being sneaky about it.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Cats are always sneaky. Unlike dogs. I wouldn’t worry about it.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,She’s been playing with me. She races […]


Dear Mom,These pretty heart boxes turn up every year!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,It’s an annual tradition, sweetie. Candy for Valentines Day, from Dad. In a heart box. Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Is the candy like the treats you give me?XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,It’s dark chocolate. Not exactly like your treats. Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,That’s too bad.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Why […]

Moving Parts

Dear Mom,The best thing about babysitting Mika is going on walks together. So why are you taking us out separately?XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I know you and Mika like to go out together, but it’s just too much hassle.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,We’re a hassle?????XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Not you, just the experience. Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,We thought it […]


Dear Mom,Your daughter’s dog Mika is SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,It was nice to have her here while we babysat her. A bit chaotic, but fun.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,The cats were a little upset. XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,A little? More than a little. They were very upset about it. They didn’t realize that Mika was barking because […]


Dear Mom,I’m a little worried about the new treats.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Why are you worried? Have the cats said something about them? I’ve told you not to listen to the cats!Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,No this time it’s Dad. He says I’m going to get stoned on the new treats.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Oh dear. He’s kidding, […]