I have experience with a blind puppy, but NOT a Chi... Ours was a Siberian Husky who had other things going on (Hydrocephalus) and she sadly deteriorated enough that we had to put her down at 13 weeks. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done.
Anyway... she was totally blind. She was a lot of work. I'm thankful I was a stay at home Mom at the time because if I'd had had any kind of job or other obligations outside the home, she wouldn't have gotten the care she needed. She needed to kept under strict supervision at all times and if not, into her crate she went. We got her at 8 weeks old and even though we never changed a thing in our house in the 5 weeks we had her, she did not learn the layout of any of the rooms in that time and would bump into things constantly. She was very clingy, etc. Everything was different, playing with her, taking her out for walks in the yard, etc.
I loved her like a baby and I hardly minded the extra care (Ok, I had my days where I'd be very down and overwhelmed, like a mother with a couple toddlers that thinks she can't do this, can't keep up, etc.) but I'm warning you and making sure that if you are seriously considering adopting her, that you know exactly what you are getting in to because it could be a long road, especially with a baby that is like a pound or two and much more fragile. A baby that small goes running through a room headfirst into a wall and what would be a shake off whack to the head for a bigger pup could seriously injure a Chi baby.
It's so easy to get your heart strings pulled and anyone with half a heart would and a love for our breed would feel the way you do, I'm not saying don't adopt her, but I'm saying make sure you know what you're getting. Somewhere I have a book around here that is specifically about blind dogs... I'll try to find the title and author for you.
In our case, sadly, our Sibe pup should have been put down by her breeder. We had our heartstrings pulled and her breeder actually paid us to take her, gave us $350 toward her care, a drop in a bucket but we jumped and took her because we didn't want to see her put down. We loved her so much but ultimately we broke our own hearts trying to save a dog that was meant for heaven all along.
So, advice, know what you're getting into, and make certain that the only thing wrong with her is her vision. If there is anything else going on, you could very well end up in the same boat I did.
PS- Editing to add, it just dawned on me that you have an 8 week old pup right now already. I would really really put a lot more thought into this because a special needs puppy is going to need so much attention that your little one now might get very jealous, resentful, feel left out, etc.
Last edited by Jenna&JoJo; 09-04-2015 at 10:26 PM.