Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | May 4, 2019

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | May 4, 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."

Temperatures will be pleasant out for walks today but we'll keep spotty showers in the forecast today. Better chances for rain will come later this afternoon and with the rain over the past week, your pups might end up in the wet paw department. Good news is that the rain will be short-lived and we'll have a much better day ahead on Sunday.

Sunday will feature some much-needed sunshine and pleasant weather! Temperatures will start off in the 50's and will climb to around 70 by Sunday afternoon. Get outside and take your pup for a long walk or a local dog park!

We haven't had two consecutive dry days(zero precipitation) since the third week of April, so it'll be nice to catch more sunshine on Monday. Much of the day on Tuesday I believe will be dry, with some showers and storms later in the day. Rain will then likely be widespread by Wednesday, with that day being the least desirable/accommodating to go out on a long walk. Some "lingering" wet paws on Thursday with more unsettled weather to wrap up the week.

The "Barking Message" for next week:

  • Watch out for some spotty rain late Saturday.
  • Get outside on Sunday & Monday. Fantastic weather for long walks at the dog park.
  • Some showers and storms possible late Tuesday into Wednesday. Plan your walks accordingly!

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.