Lady is fine with steps. Up is much easier than down. She walks close to the wall to guide her down the stairs. She understands exterior doors because of the air temperature change.
She walks as well as any adolescent on a leash. She loves walks. The first five minutes are a "circus" as she puts the leash in her mouth, jumps on the resident dog and is generally distracted. However, after a while she walks pretty well. She can walk a straight line if guided or following the resident dog.
In new places, she walks circles around me (I'm a human May pole). It's not an issue for me, as I believe that walks have multiple purposes; to me, walks are about exercise, but also equally about mental health...just being outside and moving makes all of us happier.
I try to remember that sometimes, the walk is about the journey rather than the destination, so I let them sniff and experience the world when they want.
Curbs, storm drains, mailboxes and garbage cans are a challenge for us to maneuver together on walks. Sidewalks are tough because of all the mailboxes and garbage cans. I prefer to walk her on paved trails or on the side of the street.
We live in Forest Lake and the street we walk on has few people and cars. When we encounter people and dogs on our walks, she stops to listen and smell. Sometimes it's difficult to get her to move again and when that happens, I walk her in a circle in order to head back the way we were going.
Lady loves car rides. I take her on short rides just to get her out of the house (running to the drive-thru, etc.). She just loves being with her people. She is a typical Golden Retriever in the sense that she is a Velcro dog. I think being with her people also gives her security in her dark world.
She tries really hard to play with the resident dog but he won't have it. He doesn't understand what she is doing as she barks and shadow boxes. She needs a family with another dog who likes to play.
There are some benefits to blind dogs; they don't chase or bark at bunnies and squirrels. Also, they aren't escape artists...Lady sticks really close to home. She likes being outside, but isn't inclined to sunbathe on the deck unless her person is nearby.
Life could be very fulfilling for Lady, or very isolating. She deserves the former. For that reason, her forever family should have another dog companion, friend and leader.
She should be adopted by a family where the dog has the same energy level, likes to play rough and also likes to cuddle on the same dog bed. The family should have stability and not move locations frequently or travel a lot.
Lady would do best with elementary age (or older) kids who are dog savvy, as she sometimes tries to play rough with her humans, too. A fenced yard would be ideal but not necessary. However, I would insist that her forever family do not use a tie out for her, as it is too isolating and not at all safe.
Her forever family will love taking frequent leash walks for exercise and mental health. I have a saying, "If your dog is overweight, you are not getting enough exercise". LOL.
Don't hesitate to consider Lady. Your life will be forever changed for the better with her in it!