Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | March 16th, 2019

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

Chilly afternoon ahead but a decent amount of sunshine will keep things a touch warmer out. If your pet has a thinner coat, you will want to keep your walks shorter but most should be fine with today's conditions.

Sunday won't be any better temperature wise, plus it'll be mostly cloudy out. Fortunately, winds won't be as much as a factor as Saturday but we'll see some areas deal with precipitation. We could see some light snow across central Ohio in the late morning hours before transition over to a rain/snow mix then plain rain in the afternoon. Overall, this system appears to be rather weak, which means most of the precipitation that will fall will be somewhat scattered and light. As far as your walks go, keep them short and sweet in the afternoon to avoid any wet or muddy paws.

Next week is looking great overall. Mornings will start off chilly for the first few days of the week but the afternoon highs will slowly climb over the week. Starting out in the 40's on Monday and possible near 60 as we close out the week. This will be a nice stretch of dry weather, which means no big concerns for any wet or muddy paws. That is the best news considering how during many of the decent walking days we've had this year have been close to a rainy or snowy event, so there were many wet paws despite the somewhat pleasant temperatures. The fact that we have several dry days in a row will help a ton and you can burn off a lot of energy next week with your furry friends!

Winter might be taking a brief break next week but 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:

  • Get your walks in before Sunday afternoon to avoid some wet paws!
  • Chilly mornings ahead next week but the afternoon hours will be great for long walks.
  • Winter weather takes a break next week. Get outside and enjoy the milder weather!

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.