Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | November 17, 2018

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | November 17, 2018
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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, little 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 now 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."

Quiet start to the weekend with mostly cloudy to overcast skies. Overall, conditions will be fair to go out to a local dog park and burn off some energy, especially if you and your pet have been cooped up over the past couple of days. For those in northern Ohio, there is the possibility for a wintry mix but it will be scattered.

You may wake up to a few wet spots on the roads Sunday morning, so be prepared for a few wet paws. Also, now is a good time to get into the habit of clearing your pets' paws after your walks as we're starting to see more roads and sidewalks being treated with salt. The remainder of the day will be similar to Saturday with temperatures in the low to mid 40's under mostly cloudy skies. There will be a chance for a wintry mix during the day but it will be scattered.

Another shot of a wintry mix will be possible early on in the week but we'll see some much-needed conditions come our way for the holiday. Not only will skies clear out for Thanksgiving but it'll be one of the warmest days in over 10 days. Nothing crazy warm but temperatures in the 50's sound very nice considering the recent weather we've had.

Now that we have our first taste of winter this weekend, it's important to put your cold weather safety plan into use.

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:

  • Keep your walks short this weekend, plain and simple!
  • Next chance for some wet paws on Sunday and early next week.
  • Put good use to your cold weather pet safety plan.

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.