The first person -- or being -- to welcome a minister on visits is often the dog. I took this photo of a Great Dane welcoming me at a home. It looked quite intimidating, but turned out to be very friendly. Wikipedia writes: "The Great Dane's large and imposing appearance belies its friendly nature." OBSERVATION: Alas, this dog had a sad end. It needed a simple operation, but the trauma of it was too much for its sensitive soul, and it died.