I've been around the German Shepherd breed all of my life, and my mother even owned a female who lost her sight a year or so after we got her. She was rescued from a puppy mill, and within two years she was completely blind and her hips gave out on her, so we had to put her to sleep. I was younger and don't remember much about her, and I certainly wasn't really involved with her.
I hadn't planned to get a dog any time soon. My parents currently have 2 male GSD that I'm not particularly close to. One was abused by a previous owner and is what I'd consider bi-polar, and the other I just never bonded with. But this weekend my Dad's boss brought over the most beautiful female GSD I've ever seen to see if we wanted her before he took her to the pound. Her name is Raja, she's 11 months old, and she was born blind. They bought her as a pup and even had her inside for a little while, and they didn't realize until she was a few months old that she was blind. I was skeptical and heartbroken at first. I wasn't sure how it'd work with the two boys, but after spending an afternoon with her in the yard, she completely stole my heart and my boyfriend's as well. She's the absolute sweetest thing I've ever been around. We knew we had to make it work.
We got her a kennel and set up everything so that she can start getting used to where her cage is, her water and food bowls, and her dog house. She's already getting the hang of it, and she's very trusting with us when we get her out in the back yard to run her - thankfully we live on a farm and have plenty of flat land without obstacles. Her only quirk that I've noticed so far is that she growls and bites at her feet when she's eating, like she's afraid they're going to get her food. Her previous owner warned me about it, and I don't really know that there's anyway to break her from it.
She's kinda got a leg up on me. She's been blind since birth, and I'm rapidly trying adjust to dealing with a blind dog. If any of you have experience with one, I'd love to hear any advice or tips you could pass along.
And if any of you are interested, here are some pics of my baby girl: