Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | February 24, 2020

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | February 24, 2020
The Week Ahead
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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."

The Week Ahead

After an absolutely beautiful weekend, it's back to reality with our weather in central Ohio. Hopefully you took advantage of the sunny and dry weather because we won't see much of it next week. And the days we do see sunshine, it'll likely be too cold to be out for a prolonged amount of time for you and your pets.

Rain moves in on Monday, but you should still have plenty of dry time to get out early in the dry before rain becomes widespread. Rain will be likely late in the afternoon and will linger into Tuesday morning. It won't be a complete washout on Tuesday, but you'll want to save your longer walks during the second half of the day.

Rain moves back in late Tuesday and looks to linger throughout the day on Wednesday, so keep your walks short.

Some light snow will be possible going into Thursday, but the cold air moving in will be the primary concern. Highs only around freezing on Thursday and Friday coupled with breezy winds will make it feel like it's in the 20's and teens all day long. Keep it simple. Keep your walks short and sweet.

The upcoming weekend looks to be chilly and sunny to start with more seasonable conditions on Sunday!

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":

  • Keep your walks short when temperatures get near freezing!
  • Be in a good habit of cleaning your pets paws' after each time you go outside.
  • Keep your pets in a warm and safe during these colder days.

Each week, 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.