Carolyn Holm

One Dog, Two Cats
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Category: Poppy

The Spy, Part 2

Dear Mom,He keeps coming back!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Let me guess. By “he” you are referring to Louie. Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Yes!!!!! That crazy orange cat who was coming onto our patio to peek in the window at us. Now he’s coming into our garden!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,We’ve always had neighborhood cats in our garden, sweetie. Probably […]

The Lobster

Mom,Why am I being punished?Poppy Dear Poppy,You are not being punished, sweetie. That’s just a fun costume. Love, Carolyn Mom,It’s not fun. Even Winston thinks it’s weird.Poppy Dear Poppy,Lighten up, baby. It’s just for one evening. Halloween. I’ll give you lots of treats.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Is that the night when kids come to the door and […]

Squeaky Ball

Dear Poppy,I’m concerned that you may be losing your hearing, sweetie.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,I hear all the things!!!!!!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,But a couple of times I started out the back door, and looked around, and you weren’t with me. You are usually right on it! But you were napping and didn’t wake up. That makes […]


Dear Mom,Sometimes I don’t know what you are going on about. Like when you laugh loudly.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Dogs don’t really have a sense of humor.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Humor is when one of us falls down?XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,What?Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,You laughed when Winston fell off the windowsill. XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,That really was funny. […]

Alert Rules

Dear Poppy,We need to have a talk.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,I love our talks!!!!!!!!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,We need to talk about the barking.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Barking is hugely important. XOXO Poppy Dear PoppyOnce in a while. A lot of the time it is hugely annoying.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,It’s how I protect you!!!!! You need to be notified!!!!!!! XOXO […]

Cereal Killer!

Dear Mom,I’m a cereal killer!!!!!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,You’re a what?Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,A cereal killer!!!!!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Okay, I think you mean a serial killer. First of all, I don’t think you know what that means. And, second, you are not really a killer.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,I might be! I FINALLY caught a squirrel!!!!!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,We don’t […]


Dear Mom,The car is a terrible terrible terrible invention.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I’m sorry, I know you hate it, but we had to take you to the Vet.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,I am not sick!!!!!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,No, you’re not! Isn’t that wonderful? But you still have to go in once a year for an annual exam and some […]

Security Alert!

Dear Mom,I don’t like wearing this coat. XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,We won’t leave it on today. I’m just fixing one of the Velcro pieces, for next time you need it.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,I don’t need a coat.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I know, sweetie, normally you don’t. But I think this one helped you during the Fourth of […]

The Three Stooges

Dear Mom,Who are the Three Stooges?XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,They were a so-called comedy group from years ago. Mostly slapstick pratfall comedy. I didn’t think they were very funny.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,But you call us the Three Stooges!!!!!!!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Ouf, you caught me out. That’s right, I do. But it’s not that I think the […]

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 […]