Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | February 9, 2018


This blog is solely dedicated to those dog lovers across central Ohio. Unless you have an outdoor yard, many of you probably walk your dog(s) on a daily basis and multiple times a day. The purpose and goal of this blog is to help those dog walkers and their furry, little friends make the most out of their walks outside while being safe at the same time.

So, let's start things off with a look at what I call the "Comfort Scale".

You will notice on the images below that 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 both you and your pet, so walk all you want!

As temperatures get colder, or we see more widespread rain/snow, this impacts the ranking on the comfort scale and makes it more uncomfortable for both the dog and walker. This brings me to the next level on the scale, which is a yellowish-orange color. This shows that 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 now 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 that 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 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.

Nibbles, from Zanesville, Ohio, enjoying the snow!

Starting off with Saturday, we still have plenty of snow on the ground, so make sure you keep cleaning off your pets' paws after your walks. A lot of additional salt has been thrown on the roads recently too which could cause a lot of pain and discomfort to your pet(s) if not treated properly. Temperatures will be in the mid-upper 30's tomorrow, so most of your walks should be shorter than normal--depending on your breed. Also, keep in mind we will be dealing with rain showers from time-to-time on Saturday, mainly in the afternoon!

Angel, Zanesville, Ohio, outside enjoying the snow too!

Overnight into Sunday, we could see freezing rain in some locations so be aware of icy spots in the morning. We'll continue to be pestered by this storm system, so get ready for lots of wet paws out there!

Finally, a look at your week ahead. Being that we are still in the winter season, you will notice that most of the days won't be as ideal for long walks but you should still try and take some more frequent, shorter walks if possible. We'll have a cold start of the week with temperatures warming into the 40's into the midweek. Rain and cooler air will then revisit as we head towards next weekend, so plan 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.

Enjoy the weekend and week ahead, Furr-parents!

Doppler 10 Meteorologist Ross Caruso

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