Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | March 16, 2020

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | March 16, 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."

The Week Ahead

Cloudy & cool to start this week with spotty rain Monday evening and night. Temperatures will climb to around 50 on Monday and Tuesday, with some spotty rain early in the morning. Walks should be treated as normal. Wednesday will be a noticeably warmer day, with some sunshine and highs around 60. Rain, however, will be coming through during the second half of the day, especially in the evening, so take advantage of your morning & early afternoon walks while you can.

After Wednesday evening, your walks will likely need an umbrella and some patience with the rounds of rain that will be on the way. Rain will be heavy at times, so make sure you keep your pets' paws dry. Very warm with temperatures in the 60's Thursday & Friday with periods of rain.

Trending much drier & cooler this weekend with temperatures back in the low 30's at times, so make sure you're keeping your pets warm too!

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":

  • We'll leave the cold tips for a few more weeks, but get ready for the warmer months!
  • Be in a good habit of cleaning your pets paws' after each time you go outside.
  • With the nicer weather, make sure you keep your pets' cool & hydrated.

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.