One year has passed since Lucia and I left Russia. The months passed quickly, as they often do, and leave me to wonder what I really accomplished during my first year back. Most of it was spent with friends (old and new), working on home projects, and getting use to the new assignment in DC.
Now that one year has passed, I have to start thinking about what I want to do for my next assignment. I'm still enjoying my time back in the U.S. so staying in DC may be in my future for a few more years at least.
Lucia has adapted to her new life in the U.S. So much so that she's finally more relaxed around groups of people. The first few years in Vladivostok were tough for trying to walk a dog everyday. So it was mainly my fault for not getting her acclimated faster to other people. As a watchdog, she does a fantastic job if a stranger comes through the yard. But out in public I've had to work with her on what's acceptable behavior around other dogs and new humans.
A year ago she wouldn't allow a strange child to come up and pet her. Thankfully, she never bit anyone, instead she just moved away and stayed clear of new people. But over the last few months she started allowing children to pet her without moving away. Definitely easier to deal with now than trying to explain to a child why a dog doesn't want to be touched.
She adapting to riding in my car more now. In Vlad, car trips were akin to see the Vet. Now she knows a car ride will usually take her to a new place. She's learned where her spot is in the car also. The FJ's suicide doors confused her originally but now she's figuring out which door opens to the back seat.