Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | January 17th, 2020

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | January 17th, 2020
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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."

Saturday Forecast

Not the best day to spend at your local dog park considering the widespread precipitation that will be falling. Snow will transition from sleet to freezing rain and rain by the afternoon, with gusty winds into Saturday evening. Temperatures, however, will top off in the 40's in the afternoon, so it won't be unreasonably cold out. You should, though, keep your walks short throughout the day. While rain takes over, you should still give your pets paws' a good cleaning considering the fresh salt and snow removal treatment that will be on the roads and sidewalks.

Sunday Forecast

Flurries stick around on Sunday, but the story of the day will be the much colder and blustery conditions. Morning temperatures will be in the teens, with wind chill values in the single digits. Not much relief in the afternoon with highs only in the mid 20's. It's another day where you should keep your walks short and make sure you clean your pets paws' after your walks. Listen to your pet and make sure they're staying warm enough and dry.

The Week Ahead

Monday: Another cold day. Keep your walks short!

Tuesday: Not as cold, but still below freezing and short walks should still be in place.

Wednesday: Somewhat milder, so take advantage of your walks during the afternoon hours.

Thursday: Staying dry with highs around 40. Go about your walks as you typically would.

Friday: Keep it casual, but keep an eye out for rain coming in heading into the following weekend!

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":

  • Colder weather returns this weekend. Keep your walks short.
  • 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.