The Sunday after Astro and I hiked I took both boys back out to the fall colors. It was a big day for Zephyr, we went on a few short walks, they posed for many pictures, and we were out for most of the day.
Zephyr was really happy to be out and was full of energy. They broke out in this type of wrestling many times. I just have to keep the leashes out of the way. Zephyr's skin is really thin and it gets scraped, cut, and bruised easily because of his treatment. And, it takes longer to heal, so I don't let him get too rowdy.
I got good news last week. Zephyr's liver function has improved. It's not normal yet, but he's still taking a small amount of phenobarbital. He should be off it by Friday and that will continue to help his liver. The neurologist also gave the okay to reduce his procarbazine (chemo med.) to every other day. That should help his liver too. It will also start bringing his immune system back to normal. I just hope it doesn't also bring the encephalitis back. His white blood cell count was a little lower which is probably due to the procarbazine. That should improve as he goes to every other day. She told me to take it easy with him and not over do it though. As a result Zephyr (and all the others) has had to have fresh cooked beef added to his meals. Poor puppy. ;-)
I was brave and let them both off leash at the same time and let them run. They were really good, no crazy zooming. I let them run into the trees in the distance and then called them back a couple times.
The highest peak in the back is Humphrey's Peak, the highest point in Arizona. The high point on the Bear Jaw - Abeneau hike is below Humphrey's to the left in the canyon.
We also walked a little on the Arizona trail. It's a trail that goes throughout Arizona.
It was so nice to be out with both Zephyr and Astro for the day. It's been so long and he was so happy. We stayed off the popular trails and had some nice quiet walks.
While I was trying to get timed photos Zephyr decided to lay down an roll in the grass. Happy boy!
Astro joined him.
This is the best that I got for a family portrait. I'm sure Zephyr and Astro think I'm nuts.