Carolyn Holm

One Dog, Two Cats
Grand Ideas
InterSpecies Memos

Category: Poppy

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, […]


Dear Mom,Have you recovered?XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,From what?Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,From your psychotic episode.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,My what???Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,That’s what Mia said it was. When you got violent this morning.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I was violent?Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,You were. It was terrifying.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,It seems like I should remember something like that.Love, […]


Dear Poppy,I’m sorry, I’ll have to take your stuffy away.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Why????? It’s so much fun!!!!!!!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,You are pulling the stuffing out, and you were trying to tear off the head. That was horrifying.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,I know!!!!!!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,You are such a sweet creature, but you are a terror with […]


Dear Mom,This vegetable was outside on our porch. XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I know, honey. You needn’t bark at it any more. Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Mia says the children left it. She says they do that every year.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,No, I put it there to be festive. Last night was Halloween.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,A vegetable means Halloween?XOXO […]

The Rat

Dear Alpha Mom,I miss the two back yard mice. They were fun. I don’t like the rat who replaced them. He’s intimidating. He sneers at me.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I miss the cute mice too. I liked their little white feet. I guess Rodney Rat saw their franchise and told them to get out so he […]


Dear Mom,Puffin is driving everyone crazy.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,He’s unhappy, sweetie. We just have to put up with it for a while.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,He keeps ambushing me. He’s a jerk.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,He is. But he’s our jerk. And he’s going through a rough time. Besides, you chase him too. So it sort of […]


Dear Poppy,You were so well behaved on our car trip to Los Angeles!Love, Carolyn Dear Alpha Mom,It was terrible. Such a long drive! I was relieved when we finally arrived..XOXO Poppy  Dear Poppy,It is a long drive. That’s why I put you in your anxiety jacket, and I gave you a CBD chew. And that’s why […]


This is a corrected version of this post! Dear Alpha Mom,I’m worried that I’m not doing a very good job.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,You’re doing great! What job?Love, Carolyn Dear Alpha Mom,All my responsibilities. In the house. The garden. The neighborhood. It’s so much!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,You’ve taken on a lot. I think you could cut […]