Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | December 1, 2018

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | December 1, 2018
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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 the umbrella and rain boots ready for the day. Rain will move through the area today, with periods of rain and lots of wet paws to go around. Keep walks short and make sure you clean those paws! On the flip side, temperatures will be in the 50's, so it won't be very chilly out.

Most of the rain will be all said and done with by Sunday, but there will be a few lingering showers around in the morning. On top of all the rain that will have fallen on Saturday, the grounds will remain soggy, so be prepared for some wet paws. Conditions clear up nicely in the afternoon, with temperatures near 60 and some sun for the second half of the day. Winds will also be on the breezy side but, overall, Sunday afternoon will be a great time to get outside.

The weather in the long term appears to be rather unsettled; meaning that there are chances for a couple rounds of rain/snow, early on in the week. This won't last all day, but there will certainly be a noticeable drop in temperatures as we drift into the mid-week. Breaking down the temperatures, we'll see highs generally in the 30's and lows in the 20's for much of the upcoming week.

With more winter weather expected next week, it's important to put your cold weather safety plan into use.

Know the signs before you subject you and your pet to the cold weather. Many dogs love the cold & snowy weather but there are also many breeds that aren't built to be outside for prolonged amounts of time.

The "Barking Message" for next week:

  • Keep those paws dry this weekend. Waves of rain on Saturday.
  • Temperature take a dip down early next week, so keep your walks short when temperatures get cold!
  • Put good use to your cold weather pet safety plan.

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.