Joyce - something else to think about when getting a new dog is the amount of care and grooming one may take. Remember that the long haired dogs require a great deal of grooming and they tend to shed more as well. Then you have hounds and they tend to bark more. I love dogs and certainly wouldn't want to try to discourage you from getting one but research the breed so you konw about they nature, ailments they are prone to and any other things you may not know about. It sounds like you've already thought about the travel aspect which is good.
Good luck with your search for the next member of your family.
Donna T, SU Demonstrator