And if it's a Beagle pup, I am over the moon, venturing into Lady Ga-Ga territory. I love their floppy ears, their soulful eyes, their silky fur, their howling bays....
Beagles aren't for everyone: they are food hounds, scent hounds, running hounds, noisy hounds; but if you understand a Beagle, then your life is very good.
If you've had a long day at work and just want to sprawl out on the couch watching TV, they want to be right there with you, and having them curl up close makes the evening so much better.
If I hadn't wanted a picture of this cuteness (man and dogs!) you'd have found me occupying that empty spot, curled up with them, happy.