Carolyn Holm

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InterSpecies Memos

Category: Puffin

The Precious

Cher Madame,Monsieur keeps calling my Precious a banana.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,He’s being literal, sweetie. Don’t pay any attention to that. We all know it’s your Precious.Love, Carolyn  Cher Madame,The impudent youngster keeps stealing my Precious.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,Of course he does. You’re not the only one who loves catnip, sweetie. But […]


Dear Puffin,Why am I finding playing cards all over the floor?Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,C’est le business between Monsieur and myself.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,That sounds a bit secretive. What are you up to, Sweetie?Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,Up to? What is this up?Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,Okay, now I know something is going on. […]

Ça va?

Cher Madame,Ça va? Is Madame okay?Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,Thank you for asking, sweetie. I’m fine, I didn’t mean to alarm you.Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,The grimace, the huff and puff, the gasping, this petit cat was concerned about Madame.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,Okay, okay, I’m not that bad. You make it sound like […]

The Birder

Cher Madame,There is a book on the windowsill that is all about les snacks. Why does Madame require this book?Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,I don’t know of any such book, sweetie.Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,Mais oui, Madame has opened the book many times and exclaimed over the snacks there. Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,I am […]

The Regulated Schedule

Cher Madame,The breakfast she has not been on schedule lately. Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,What do you mean? You are all fed on a very timely basis.Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,There are some mornings when Madame is resisting the wake up.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,For heaven’s sake, Puff, Monsieur feeds you when I sleep late. […]


Dear Puffin,I am so impressed with how you play with the catfish toy. All your focus and practice is paying off. You leap and twist and snatch that thing right out of the air. Your artistry is beautiful to watch!Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,C’est kind to say so. Madame’s games are much anticipated every evening. Though […]

One Year

Cher Madame,Qu’est-ce que c’est? What is this grande mountain of trash? Has Madame lost her marbles?Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,It’s not exactly trash. These are some of the grocery bags and take-out containers we’ve been accumulating. Kind of a sad tribute to a really weird year.Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,Et pourquoi so many? Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear […]

The Athlete

Cher Madame,The moronic cur wants to horn in on our games.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,Let’s not start with the name-calling. But you’re right, Poppy does get excited when you cats start playing.Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,The barking. The lunging. The interference. C’est très annoying. Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,I know. It can put the kibosh […]

Bully Redux

Dear Puffin,I wish you would stop bullying Winston.Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,This petit cat does not do the bullying.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,What do you call it, then, when you come up to Winston while he is peacefully taking a nap, loom over him, and give him The Look? So that he nervously jumps up […]


Dear Puffin,Monsieur tells me he found you in a compromised situation.Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,This petit cat never does the compromise.Regards, M. Le Poufin Dear Puffin,He walked in the door and found you on the dining table. You know perfectly well the table is off limits. He says you looked totally ripped.Love, Carolyn Cher Madame,What exactly […]