Introducing… La Vida (Woo)

I think she likes this skiing thing.

Ever since a scraggly feral puppy followed Bowie and I out of the desert, I’ve been a two-dog person. Why have one when you can have two? After saying goodbye to Bowie in November, I was so thankful to have Dio by my side and I really cherished our one on one time. Dio has stepped into Bowie’s role in so many ways – all of a sudden he loves peanut butter! – it astonishes me how vividly Bowie lives on in his brother Dio.

Now Dio gets to be the big brother, to a little sister! In early February I put in an application with a herding dog rescue based in Wyoming and of all their lovely dogs, this girl happened to be fostered the closest to us in Montana. She had survived parvo, kennel cough and a high kill shelter in Texas and by eight months of age she already gone through three names: Howlie, Glenda and Shadow.

Vida in dog jail in Texas. Get me outta here! I’ll go anywhere and everywhere!

I’ve never chosen my dogs. Bowie and Dio were mine the very first moment we met and so it was with Vida. When I stepped out of the car she ran right up to me, sat on my feet, wrapped her front legs around my legs and hugged me tight. She’s been by my side ever since. It’s miraculous to me that this creature made her way from Texas to Big Sky, Montana and yet, she’s absolutely meant to be here.

Dio & Vida, God & Life. They’ve been playing together. Vida will keep Dio young, the way Dio kept Bowie young. And he’ll teach her everything there is to know about being a Dog of the World.

Back in Balance, Loving the Two Dog Life!

As we drove the five hours home to Big Sky, our sweet puppy snuggled up to her new big brother in the backseat, as calm and quiet as could be, a road trip natural. We threw names back and forth, looking for the right combination of sound and meaning and just as a spectacular sunset was peaking, I thought of Vedauwoo, Wyoming, one of my favorite names for one of my favorite places. Vida! La Vida – the Life. Perfect.

Little Vida in Bowie’s green chair. Somebody said to me recently, “Bowie would have loved Vida.” And I replied, “Bowie does love Vida. Bowie is Vida.” Love is never lost.

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About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at
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15 Responses to Introducing… La Vida (Woo)

  1. Ambery Wolf says:

    Wonderful story with Vida!! Was definitely made to be, to have Vida join you two in your great adventures.I believe in animal reincarnation also, some of my pets were others come back to me, those I was especially bonded with and vise versa.

  2. Eileen says:

    Glad to see your new dog and an update. I’ve been following your blog for quite some time. Perhaps now that you are in patrol at Big Sky, you know my nephew Kane? I’m not clear on how the resorts shake out, but he’s ski patrol in Big Sky somewhere. Anyway — Vida is adorable. Best of luck to all!

  3. Kenneth Conley says:

    Great story (as always), thanks for sharing 😀

  4. shazza says:

    Oh this is such good news. Vida looks so beautiful and I’m sure Dio will be the best big brother. Xx

  5. murphydad says:

    Tears of Joy, Peace!

  6. Stephen Powell says:


    Thank you.

    Central, South Carolina

  7. Tiffani says:

    So wonderful. I believe Bowie sent her your way. She is beautiful.

  8. durango says:

    Vida is one “lucky dog”, she is going to have a great adventurous life! along with Dio ; )

  9. Dom says:

    She is beautiful! Congratulations!

  10. The best part of a happy ending is recognizing it’s just another happy beginning. Sounds like your adventures will know no bounds. Wonderful post and congratulations on apopting a wonderful companion!

  11. Lavinia Ross says:

    Congratulations on the new rescue pup Vida! It is the same here with cats. They choose us.

  12. Tony says:

    Congratulations love! She’as a beauty…..

  13. Warms my heart! She was waiting for you!

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