Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | March 9th, 2019

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | March 9th, 2019

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."

Hopefully, you have the chance to get outside early this afternoon before the rain arrives later this evening. Rain will hold off for most of central Ohio until 4-5 p.m. Rain will then become widespread, heavy at times, with a few thunderstorms also being possible. Most of the evening and early nighttime hours will be where the bulk of the rain falls. Rain will then taper off going into Sunday morning, but the winds will remain on the gusty side. Get your walks in before this evening!

Sunday will feature drier weather as a whole, but the winds will stay breezy throughout the day. Temperatures will be slightly cooler, so it's not the perfect day out but you can still go about your walks as usual.

Next week will start off with sunny skies and somewhat mild weather. Monday and Tuesday will feature abundant sunshine, with temperatures in the 40's. Warmer on Wednesday, with increasing clouds but much of the day will be dry, so get outside for those longer walks! Thursday looks like it will be a washout, so you can guarantee wet paws after your walks. Friday will clear out with more pleasant conditions for you and your furry friends. For next week, it appears as if spring is finally here to stay. Don't get your hopes up, more colder air will find it's way back to the state during the second half of the month. Winter isn't done with us yet.

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 Saturday evening to avoid wet paws!
  • Avoid long walks Saturday evening. Rain and a few thunderstorms will be possible.
  • Winter weather takes a break next week. Get outside and enjoy the milder weather next week!

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.