Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | November 24, 2018

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | November 24, 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."

The bulk of rain has moved through Saturday morning but there will still be some lingering showers across central Ohio this afternoon. The amount of rain that has fallen earlier this morning will keep the roads wet and the grounds soggy. This means your pets will more than likely bring something back inside the house with them from your walks today, so make sure you keep those paws dry. Winds stay breezy through this afternoon and temperatures stay mild, so just be aware of those wet paws for the rest of the day.

Temperatures don't drop too much overnight, so conditions will nice for your Sunday walks. Patchy fog, however, will be possible early Sunday morning, so keep that in mind if you and your pets head out early in the morning. For the rest of the day, get out and enjoy the mild weather. Skies stay cloudy but the majority of the day will be dry. There is a chance for rain but it will arrive mainly after sunset and overnight into the new week.

Wet paws to kick off the new week with another blast of winter on Tuesday. Temperatures will plummet back into the 30's and 20's, so get ready to shorten up those walks. Temperatures slightly moderate through the week, with highs back in the 40's during the latter half of the week.

With more winter weather expected next week, 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 those paws dry this weekend. Lots of wet grounds this weekend.
  • Temperature take a turn early next week, so keep your walks short!
  • 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.