Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | March 9, 2020

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | March 9, 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.

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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.

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

Gorgeous weather continues this week with highs back in the 60's today. If you didn't get the chance to enjoy the weather over the weekend, make sure you take advantage of the warmer conditions before rain moves in, which won't take long! Later tonight, widespread rain will come to town and will bring heavy rain at times through Tuesday morning. Avoid walks in the morning on Tuesday and wait until we dry out later in the day.

Dry to start Wednesday with a chance for rain later in the day with highs in the 50's. Thursday looks like a nice day with highs around 60. Not many days will feature temperatures in the 30's in the late overnight/morning hours, so take advantage of the mild conditions! Friday holds a small chance for rain, so keep your 10tv weather app handy when you go out on your walks.

Fortunately, temperatures will be in the 50-60 degree range all week, which is perfect for your pets. Make sure you keep your pets hydrated, since they may not be accustomed to the uptick in physical activity.

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.