Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | March 30th, 2019

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | March 30th, 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."

Rain, rain go away! That is what many of you will be saying by the end of the day. So far rain has been light and scattered; but as we head into this afternoon and especially later tonight, rain will become more widespread and heavy at times. A few storms will also be possible later today. With that being said, today won't be ideal for a trip to the dog park, unless you keep your weather app handy and happen to sneak outside during the breaks in the rain today. If not, generally you should keep your walks shorter than normal. If you want to get out for a decent amount of time considering how mild temperatures are despite the rain, then your best bet will to go out sooner rather than later. Rain will pick up and become heavy at times this evening and tonight, with much colder conditions in store for Sunday.

You may see some snowflakes mix in with rain late tonight but something we'll all notice is the frigid conditions Sunday morning. Winds will also be breezy, with temperatures in the mid-upper 20's. This will bring wind chills in the teens and 20's, which will be a big shock to your body considering how temperatures were in the 50s and 60s less than 24 hours ago. Regardless, with temperatures this cold then you will want to keep you walks short. Temperatures will top off near 40 degrees by the afternoon but we'll still continue to have breezy winds in place to keep things on the chilly side. Ultimately, you can salvage some walk-time during the latter half of the day on Sunday as skies gradually clear out. It's a bummer that this weekend won't feature warm and sunny skies, but we'll see some pleasant weather for much of next week.

Overall, we have another great week of weather ahead asides from a couple of chilly mornings to kick things off. Temperatures will then continue to warm up, with highs back in the 60's around Wednesday.

Not only will temperatures warm back up, but we'll see plenty of sunshine next week. Rain, however, will return late in the week, with showers likely on Friday with rain possibly lingering into the weekend.

The "Barking Message" for next week:

  • Saturday won't be the best day for the dog park. Keep your walks short.
  • Sunday will be very chilly, with some sunshine to end the weekend. Again, keep your walks short, especially in the morning.
  • Cool couple mornings ahead for next week, with warmer conditions on the way. Get outside as much 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.