Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | December 22, 2018

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | December 22, 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."

Areas of drizzle or scattered snow flurries will be possible today with breezy winds coming out of the west. Winds will calm later Saturday evening, so more pleasant conditions will be in store for your long walks.

Sunday more will start off dry with a fair amount of sunshine around. Rain and even a wintry mix will be possible later in the day, so I advise getting your longer walks in during the morning to avoid any wet paws. Rain will be light and short-lived, but will linger into Sunday evening.

Temperatures will be seasonable to mild over the holidays with mainly dry conditions. A spotty shower will be possible on Christmas Day. Widespread rain and warmer air returns later in the week on Thursday and Friday. While lots of wet paws will take place, temperatures will warm into the 50's on Friday. Cooler air then builds for the following weekend.

Now that winter is officially here, it's a good time to practice your cold weather safety plan for your pets even though mother nature has brought more mild weather for the time being.

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:

  • Chilly start to the weekend, keep your walks short in the mornings!
  • Keep an eye out for some rain/snow on Sunday and later next week.
  • 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.