Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | March 2nd, 2019

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | March 2nd, 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."

Saturday is by far the pick of the weekend. Skies turn mostly cloudy this afternoon with temperatures in the 40's. There will be some sprinkles or flurries later today but it won't impact you and your furry, little friends walks today. Get outside while you can because tomorrow won't be the best day to spend outside.

Not only is snow coming to town but temperatures will be about 10 degrees cooler in spots, so you'll want to keep your walks short in the morning and also during the afternoon when snow is expected. It will start off scattered but will become more widespread through the afternoon and evening before tapering off at night. Generally, a light accumulation of snow is expected but it will be enough to keep your walks shorter than usual. On top of the snow, be aware that sidewalks and roads will be treated with salt, so keep your pets' paws dry after each walk.

Attention will shift from snow to yet again more cold weather next week. It won't just be on Monday but through much of the week. Temperatures will feel like their in the single digits and teens on Monday, so keep your walks short and sweet. Also, we could see morning temperatures in the single digits both Tuesday and Wednesday morning. A weak disturbance may bring a quick burst of snow on Tuesday but for now, it looks like it's impact is marginal at best. We then slowly climb out of the hole late in the week with temperatures approaching 40 degrees. Only problem is we will see another wintry mix come through on Friday. As far as the recommended day of the week for your walks, Thursday looks to hold the most promise for dry and somewhat "warmer" conditions.

It is still winter here in central Ohio and 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:

  • Watch out for wet paws on Sunday.
  • Stay in the habit of cleaning your pets' paws after walks outside!
  • Very cold conditions to start next week. Keep your walks short!

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.