Carolyn Holm

One Dog, Two Cats
Grand Ideas
InterSpecies Memos

Category: Puffin

The Conversation

Dear Puffin You are not as noisy as you used to be. You used to make all kinds of noises in your sleep. Love, Carolyn   Cher Madame, Alors, these noises, to what does Madame refer? Regards, M. Le Poufin   Dear Puffin, Oh you used to grunt and moan and chirp and meow in […]


Cher Madame, Je suis terrified. Monsieur says we will perish in le fire. C’est true? Regards, M. Le Poufin   Dear Puffin, We’re fine, sweetie. He didn’t exactly say that. But it’s true that we are concerned about wildfires. The last two weeks have been frightening. There have been terrible fires all over Northern California, […]

The Sneeze

Dear Puffin, Why are you looking so worried? Love, Carolyn   Cher Madame, C’est vrai, is it true, Madame and Monsieur are going to divorce? Regards, M. Le Poufin   Dear Puffin, Of course not! Where on earth did you get this idea? Love, Carolyn   Cher Madame, Monsieur said this. Regards, M. Le Poufin […]

The Hunter

Dear Puffin, You look like a real hunter! Love, Carolyn   Cher Madame, I am a real hunter. This catfish toy is my prey. Regards, M. Le Poufin   Dear Puffin, Of course it is. And it is excellent exercise. You are looking very svelte these days! Congratulations! Love, Carolyn   Cher Madame, Mon diet […]

The Accident

Dear Puffin, I was wakened by a loud noise last night. Carolyn   Cher Madame, Does this concern moi? Regards, M. Le Poufin   Dear Puffin, You know it does. I came downstairs this morning and found this vase on its side on the floor. Water everywhere. Love, Carolyn   Cher Madame, C’est un terrible […]


MEMO TO: Mia, Puffin and Poppy FROM: Carolyn Everyone needs to calm down. Now.   Dear Mommy, Puffin has been bullying me again!!!!!! He just chased me away from my magazine. He doesn’t appreciate a well-informed cat. Love, Mia   Cher Madame, That Mia, she sniffed my ear and then like a crazy cat she […]


Cher Madame, I found a pile of money! Je suis rich!! Regards, M. Le Poufin   Dear Puffin, I think you probably should hand it over. Dude, you totally owe me. Love, Carolyn   Cher Madame, Pah, je suis un pauvre petit and innocent cat. How can it be that I owe you? Regards, M. […]

Vive la France!

Dear Puffin, I see you are celebrating Bastille Day! Love, Carolyn   Cher Madame, English speakers, you are toujours ignorant. You call it Bastille Day. This is not correct. Non. En France we call it la Fête nationale. Ou, le 14 juillet. Regards, M. Le Poufin   Dear Puffin, I stand corrected! Thank you. Love, […]

The Disrupter

Cher Madame, Il faut dire, Madame is très grumpy with moi, un petit et innocent cat. Regards, M. Le Poufin   Dear Puffin, I have to say you are neither petit nor innocent. Love, Carolyn   Cher Madame, Toujours les complaints. Regards, M. Le Poufin   Dear Puffin, I’m sorry, but you have been exasperating […]


Dear Puffin, You must stop eating my plants. Carolyn   Cher Madame, Moi, I am un pauvre chat, an innocent petit cat, who must have sustenance. M. Le Poufin   Dear Puffin, No you don’t. You get plenty of food. And chewing on my houseplants just makes you barf. On my rug. By the way, […]