Yes, he's partially blind. He sometimes runs into things if he's moving too fast and not paying attention with his other senses. But he looks and acts like a pretty typical nine month old shepherd pup. Most black German Shepherds I've seen in the past several years have had some sort of genetic malady, the most frequent being insanity. Some backyard breeder gets a pair of black shepherds and breeds the offspring to their siblings or back to their parents in order to produce more black shepherds to sell and big surprise, you get genetic problems. Duggan is probably lucky that vision impairment seems to be his only problem.
It's hard to call it a disability, however, when you see the dog run, play, and interact with other dogs in a perfectly normal manner. We tend to think of ourselves as biologically superior to dogs because of the size of our brain. But have you ever wondered how they must view us? I can totally see Maya thinking this about me: "My poor daddy only has two legs, and no tail at all! He can only see if he's wearing glasses and his ears - he can't even control them to point them where he wants to listen. On top of that, his nose is virtually worthless. I don't know how he managed before I came along."
Compared to human disabilities, vision impairment in a dog is no big deal and certainly won't prevent Duggan from a full and happy canine life.
|That's Duggan in the center with his paw on|
Trooper's back trying to climb over him. That's
Theo checking him out from behind.
|Trooper in front, Duggan in the middle, Theo in back,|
and Rex on the right.
|Gigi was not a fan, but no one would|
expect her to be. He liked her though.
|Duggan was quite fond of Theo, of course.|
Theo was very tolerant but he decked him with a body slam
a couple of times. Duggan just got up and resumed play.