Carolyn Holm

One Dog, Two Cats
Grand Ideas
InterSpecies Memos

Category: Poppy

Walking Shoes

Dear Mom,You’ve changed out of your sweatpants! Maybe we’re going for our walk now!!!!!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Not now, sweetie, but soon.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Now you’re brushing your hair. That could mean a number of things.  XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I brush it every day. Go back to sleep, sweetie. Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,You are taking off your […]

Flu Shot

Dear Poppy,It can’t be that bad.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,I feel TERRIBLEPoppy Dear Poppy,You’re being a Drama Queen.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Why did you take me there?Poppy Dear Poppy,That was just your annual check-up.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,The vet people hurt me.Poppy Dear Poppy,No they didn’t. It was just a flu shot, sweetie. You might be a little […]


Dear Mom,Why do humans throw away old words?XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,We do?Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,You do! XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Which old words would these be?Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Words you get in the mail. XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,And they are old?Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Sometimes you throw away words before they get old. You read and read and then […]


Dear Mom,Why do you tell everyone that I have PTSD?XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I don’t tell everyone, sweetie. But sometimes it comes up when I’m explaining why you are so wary when you meet new people. And so reactive.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,But I don’t know what it means.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,It just means you had a bad […]


Dear Mom,The water dish in the garden is full of soup!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,It does look like that. But it doesn’t look very appetizing. Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Who did that??????? XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Someone who wanted to dip their dinner in some water. Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,The crows! They do that all the time!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,True, they do, but […]

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 […]