Ronny, I was going to say that a puppy is too hard to deal with unless you are home a lot, but I guess you are, so that sounds like an awesome idea. Adoptions are also a great idea.
Beagles howl A LOT, keep that in mind, and they need a lot of baths.
I'm particular to Huskies, but unless you have a big place and can go hiking and such, might be tough also. But three baths a year is nice. They actually don't have the dog smell.