Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | April 20, 2019

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | April 20, 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.

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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."

Rain, rain, go away! Unfortunately, rain will continue to push through the state today, with breaks from time to time. It will also become increasingly scattered this afternoon but with the rain already on the ground, your pets will have wet paws through tomorrow. Rain, however, will wrap up tonight, with more pleasant conditions on Easter Sunday. Temperature wise, it will be a cool day, with highs in the low 50's. Warmer conditions will be found for those located south and east of Columbus.

Easter Sunday will be miles ahead of Saturday as far as improvement in the weather. While an early spotty shower cannot be ruled out, mostly to partly cloudy skies take way on Sunday, with highs about 10 degrees warmer--climbing into the 60's! The weather will continue to improve as the day goes on, with some late day sunshine to wrap up what started as a raw, wet and cool weekend.

Temperatures continue to climb above average for all of the upcoming week. Starting on Monday, highs will be in the 70's, with overnight lows generally around the 50-degree ballpark. Chances for and a few storms return later on Tuesday and may linger into Wednesday. Otherwise, get ready for more pleasant weather for the latter half of the week!

The "Barking Message" for next week:

  • Wet paws on Saturday. Keep those pets dry!
  • Take your pet out for a nice walk later in the day on Sunday.
  • Some spring-like storms possible Tuesday into Wednesday. 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.