Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | November 18, 2019

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | November 18, 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."

The Week Ahead

Monday: Similar to Sunday, the start of the week will feature temperatures near 50 but also some added sunshine, so get out and enjoy the afternoon with your furry, little friend!

Tuesday: Not as pleasant on Tuesday with gloomy skies returning and also a chance for some light rain or drizzle throughout the day. Keep the umbrella handy and make sure you're wiping off those paws after your walks.

Wednesday: Pick of the week! Great day to go out and enjoy the outdoors with your furry friend. Temperatures should be in the low 50s under mostly to partly sunny skies.

Thursday: Rain becomes widespread later in the day, so get your walks in early on Thursday. Rain will be heavy at times, so your evening/nighttime walks should be limited.

Friday: Lingering rain and not as mild out. Keep your rain gear handy. Short walks and wipe those paws!

This Weekend: Chilly over the weekend, with highs in the 40s. Staying dry, though, so get out in the afternoon hours. Decent amount of sunshine on both days, too.

Temperatures aren't as harsh this week, but we're getting closer and closer to winter. It is crucial to have a winter safety plan during extremely cold weather to ensure both you and your pets safety.

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.

The "Barking Message" for this week week:

  • Monday and Wednesday are the best days for long walks this week! Get after it!
  • Few wet paws on Tuesday, so keep your pets' paws clean after your walks.
  • Keep your walks short Thursday pm through Friday as rain becomes widespread across central Ohio.

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.