Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | May 11, 2019

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | May 11, 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."

Dry conditions and cooler temperatures to kick off the weekend. Skies will start off mostly sunny but will soon be filled with clouds heading into the afternoon. Rain, however, will hold off for the daytime hours today. Later tonight, rain chances will increase with more widespread coverage overnight into Sunday morning.

It doesn't appear to rain all day on Mother's Day but there will certainly be periods of light rain throughout the day. Keep your pets' paws dry after your walks and take advantage of the breaks in the rain we'll see.

Some rain may linger for the start of the week and it'll be somewhat chilly on Monday but that day itself won't be a complete loss. Get your walks in later on Monday and take advantage of the dry weather returning on Tuesday. More unsettled weather into the mid-week, with some rain possibly lingering into Thursday morning. Temperatures will gradually warm back into the low 70's by the end of the week with mainly dry conditions.

The "Barking Message" for next week:

  • Get your long walks in on Saturday.
  • Wet paws on Mother's Day! Avoid your long walks during the morning hours on Sunday.
  • More unsettled weather into next week but some pleasant walking days ahead!

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.