Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | April 13, 2019

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | April 13, 2019

Welcome back, everyone! For you first-time readers, happy to have you here!

This blog is dedicated to those dog lovers across central Ohio. Unless you have a large backyard, many of you probably walk your dog, or dogs, on a daily basis, and maybe even multiple times a day.

The purpose and goal of this blog is to help those dog walkers and their furry friends make the most out of their walks outside while being safe at the same time.

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So, let's start things off with a look at what I call the "Comfort Scale."

You will notice on the images below there are certain colors that go with each time period/day of the week for the "Furr-cast." I developed this scale on my own, using several meteorological variables and some pet-friendly considerations.

You will see that the color "green" on the image above suggests that conditions are ideal for walking your pet and that there are no risks to either you or your pet, so walk all you want!

This brings me to the next level on the scale, which is a yellowish-orange color. This shows conditions are fair outside but you should still keep an eye on your pet. This is where the breed of your pet also comes into play. I'm not an expert on dogs but I know a Siberian Husky can withstand colder temperatures than a Chihuahua.

This is up to the owner to decide if the conditions are fair enough that they could take more casual, longer walks outside.

Lastly, we have the last ranking on the scale, which shows outside conditions are poor and pet owners should keep their walks short. Dangerous weather is developing or already present and pet owners should take action to make sure that their pets are properly taken care of. This shouldn't be used to decide whether or not you should go outside; but more so an indicator that you should take shorter, more frequent walks.

Now that we have a look at the method behind the comfort scale, let's take a look at this weekends "Furr-cast."

Get outside today! It will be a beautiful day, with highs in the 60's, near 70 for those in southern Ohio. Winds will be light and variable with partly to mostly sunny skies. Enjoy it because tomorrow won't be too great for long outdoor walks.

If you get up early enough, tomorrow morning until about 8 am or so would be great! Temperatures will be in the 50's with mostly cloudy skies and some spotty showers around. After the mid-morning point and beyond, showers and storms will come through in waves, with heavy rain, strong winds and severe weather all being possible. Considering how we'll be dealing with thunderstorms during the daytime hours on Sunday, it would be best to keep your walks short, so if you happen to get caught in a storm you can get into your shelter immediately. For those that have pets that are scared of thunder, maybe throw on the fan and something on the television to help distract them. Stay weather aware and make sure you have the 10TV app, so you can stay up to date with the storms.

After Sunday, we'll enjoy some pleasant days ahead for the start of the week. Temperatures will range from the 50's on Monday to the 70's on Wednesday with mainly dry conditions. Get outside early in the week since we'll see more chances for stormy weather on Thursday, with more wet paws to wrap up the week.

The "Barking Message" for next week:

  • Sunday won't be the best day for long walks or hours at the dog park. Keep your walks short.
  • Great weather to kick off next week. Get out and enjoy.
  • Stormy weather and wet paws return later next week. Plan your walks accordingly!

Each Friday, I will be posting a new "Furr-cast" for the weekend and week ahead and I would like to feature some of your pets on my blog. Also, if you have any suggestions or comments on my blog, I'd love to hear input. Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter and Facebook at Ross10TV. Enjoy the weekend and week ahead, furr-parents.