What about a nice mixed breed with a wonderful temperament? Are there any rescues or shelters near you? German Shepherds are awesome dogs. You might find one that is perfect for you. I'm not sure, however, a German Shepherd would be the best fit, since you have never trained a dog before and your fear is "pretty much" gone. I don't want to see you get in over your head - be it a German Shepherd or any dog. I hope there is someone local who can help you find the right dog for you.
Natty Boh 6-27-12
Annie 1998 - 8-2-12 RIP