Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | December 2, 2019

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | December 2, 2019
Weekly Furr-cast

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."

The Week Ahead

Monday: Wet paws today. Spotty rain and snow will keep the ground wet. Temperatures will be on the chilly side, too. Highs in the upper 30's with wind chills in the 20's.

Tuesday: Cold start to the day, so keep your walks short. Mostly cloudy with highs around 40. Grab the puppy coat if you plan on going out early and late in the day.

Wednesday: Still cloudy out, but not as cold. Mostly cloudy with highs in the low 40's.

Thursday: Best day of the week. Highs in the mid 40's and mostly sunny. Take advantage of the dry and sunny weather by visiting a local dog park in the afternoon.

Friday: Spotty rain but looking mainly dry with cloudy skies. Temperatures still around average, so take your usual walks.

This Weekend: Some sunshine on Saturday with temperatures near average. Warmer on Sunday with highs near 50. Nice weekend to go out for a long walk. Rain returns early next week.

Cold Weather Tips Courtesy: NWS Riverton

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 this week week:

  • Keep those paws dry today.
  • Keep your pets warm when temperatures dip into the 30's.
  • Take advantage of the beautiful weather on Thursday!

Each Monday, 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.