Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | May 11, 2020

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | May 11, 2020
Weekly Dog Walking Forecast

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."

Weekly Furr-cast

Another chilly start to the week with morning temperatures in the 30's. We'll have a few more mornings this week with areas of patchy frost, so it may be a little chilly for your little friends if you happen to go out before the sunrise. Otherwise, we'll see a nice warm up through the week with highs back in the 60's on Wednesday. Showers and storms will return Thursday and beyond, but we'll also have temperatures back in the 70's. Also, since we're finally going to get some real spring like weather, be mindful of the thunderstorms later this week; especially if your pet isn't too fond of storms!

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. While we're in May, there are still going to be some mornings with temperatures in the mid 30's, so make sure you're keeping your pet safe.

The "Barking Message":

  • We'll leave the cold tips for this week, but get ready for the warmer months!
  • Be in a good habit of cleaning your pets paws' after each time you go outside when it's wet out.
  • With the nicer weather, make sure you keep your pets' cool & hydrated after your long walks.
  • Thunder Alert! Be aware of thunderstorms on Thursday & Friday.

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.