The only caution I would give you is as far as breed. I am unaware of the situation in Pennsylvania but here in California the French Bulldog has become way to popular and because of that they are being over bred and problems are arising. We have a neighbor a couple of doors down that have Frencies and were looking for another but it took a while because they were seeing temperament differences in the parents then at the time they purchased their first two.
I don't think you will hurt the dogs hearing using your tools, especially if they don't go in there. With my mastiff (avatar) before she passed she would lay by the fence when I was working with tools or lawn equipment. If she didn't like the sound she would move away. My lab is the same way. Have a great time on the road trip to the breeder. Don't fight it, cause she will get her puppy.
I have worn a respirator for 7/8ths of my time in the hobby, and wouldnt go without one now that i know the dangers of long term exposure to wood dust. I started with the 3M half mask respiratory that marc suggests for around $15 plus the P100 pink filters. Worked pretty well, but i noticed some seepage here and there evidenced by the slight hint of burning wood/fine sanding dust. For whatever reason I would smell things with the drum sander going, or if the table saw blade burned a cut. If you can smell things, that means there are particles in the air you are breathing, so i knew the seal wasnt perfect. I upgraded to the 7500 series mask, which is worth the extra $10 over the 6000 series, in my opinion. Simultaneously, I went through several iterations of eye protection that always fogged up after a few minutes of wearing them. After the 3rd or 4th set, i gave up and never wore eye protection. I know, not a good idea. Sometime this spring, I was at the table saw and a small splinter blew off the back of the rip cut and struck my upper bicep. The projectile left a pretty good cut in my arm, and it was enough of a wake-up call to revisit eye protection. Finally, enough blabbing and on to the pros and cons of the mask!
The absolute finest eye protection material ive ever seen. It does not fog up--at all, not never. Im astounded by how much I have sweat under high humidity conditions this summer and still that plastic shield is clear as a whistle. I honestly forget i have the shield in front of my face at times, because of the clarity. It protect your entire face and not just your eyes like typical safety glasses. This means you are protected well at the lathe without layering a face shield and respirator.
The seal is fantastic. I do not smell a thing when i used to smell occasional burning/sanding dust. You essentially get a double seal with this mask around the outside of your face and the typical half mask seal.
Very comfortable. Just like the shield's clarity, you forget you have the thing on in comfortable temps. It has six points of adjustment with all straps connecting to a rubber pad to spread the pressure distribution over the back of your head. The straps on the half mask respirator have a tendency to dig in.
Plays nicely with the filters from the other 3M masks, so you can switch through organic vapor protection to particle protection easily. I can see this mask being awesome for spraying.
$200 something just for the mask, no filters. It certainly isnt cheap.
The rubber straps, while extremely high quality, are thick enough to affect the seal of my over-ear protection. This means things are slightly louder with this mask on, and i need to think about alternative hearing protection.
It is like a catcher's mask to get on. It is easier now, but the first few times were awkward and uncomfortable to get it on my face.
If you work in an unconditioned space, get ready to die. This is beyond hot for your face. My shop is in a basement, so it is usually 70-72 and low humidity during the summer. I was soaked with this thing on while milling a stack of boards the other weekend. jointing and planing 8-10' 8/4 boards that are 8-15" wide is no joke, and my face was under water in this mask. I eventually took it off and wore the 7500 series half mask for the rest of the session. What happened? a small knot/chip blew out at the jointer and hit me right in the eye. Thankfully God designed eyelids for a reason, but still.
I do like the mask. Im 28 and i take my health pretty seriously. I didnt like my eyes are unprotected, and i want 100% protection from harmful dust particles. I think this mask delivers on both items very well with the minor setback that your face cannot breathe/evaporate sweat. Im looking forward to using this in the cooler months to come when my basement is 55-60°. Also, if anyone has other ear protection suggestions that would seal better around the 1/8" thick rubber straps, im all ears. I currently use the red and black 3M peltors.