Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | January 26, 2019

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | January 26, 2019
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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."

Not as bad this weekend compared to the recent days, but you still will want to limit your time outside depending on your pets' breed. Also, periods of light snow will be possible today, with some added slicks spots to the roads and sidewalks. Don't forget to keep those paws squeaky clean, especially if your pets are walking over treated surfaces.

Similar conditions will be in store on Sunday, with some lingering light snow during the early morning hours. Winds won't be as harsh, but you should still keep your walks below to average as far as time outside.

The first half of the day on Monday won't be all that bad. Mainly dry with temperatures warming into the low 40's by the afternoon, so get your walks in early before wet paws become likely later in the day. Snow then lingers on Tuesday before the real problems come on Wednesday and the latter half of the week. Temperatures will plummet, with highs in the single digits on Wednesday and overnight temperatures below zero on Wednesday and Thursday. That is just the air temperature. With the breezy winds, it will FEEL anywhere from -10 to -30 below. It will also feel like it is below zero starting from Tuesday night through Thursday night. 48 hours of wind chills below zero. It is important to realize how cold this is and how long it will last. You NEED to bring your pets indoors and you need to limit their time outside during this cold stretch. Temperatures slowly recover on Friday but it will still be a frigid day at the dog park.

It is crucial to have a winter safety plan during extremely cold weather to ensure both you and your pets safety.

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!
  • Stay in the habit of cleaning your pets' paws after walks outside!
  • Subzero wind chills return later next week and will linger for a couple days. Keep your walks as short as possible.

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.