I'm trying to describe a person taking deep excited breaths at seeing something they want with great desire.
Panting doesn't really fit because it's too fast and doesn't convey the wanting sensation. Heavy breathing sounds a bit too sexually loaded.
I was thinking of breathing haggardly but I'm unsure if that would be a proper fit, because it calls to a scenario of someone who has been through hell and is out of breath trying to it.
What would be a good way to describe the type of breathing I'm trying to convey?