Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | January 25th, 2020

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | January 25th, 2020
The Week Ahead

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 without getting some wet paws. Rain will be spotty through the rest of the morning, with more rain arriving later in the afternoon. Get those walks in early to avoid a soggy doggy! Widespread rain and even some snow will return with temperatures staying steady into the mid-upper 30's today.

Sunday Forecast

Flurries stick around on Sunday morning, with dry conditions on tap for the remainder of the day. A few wet paws in the morning from leftover rain or snow on the ground, so make sure you clean those paws. Some fresh salt may also be thrown on the roadways, so make sure you're protecting those paws. Cool and cloudy for the remainder of the day with highs back in the 30's.

The Week Ahead

Keep it casual all week! It won't be too cold, but you'll certainly want to get out and enjoy the dry weather. Lack of sunshine through the week will keep things chilly, so head out and take advantage of your longer walks in the afternoon hours. For the most part, temperatures will be on either side of 40 degrees. No big chances for rain expected, either. Next best chance will come late Friday and into the upcoming 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":

  • 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.