Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | November 3, 2018

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | November 3, 2018

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."

Today will feature some much-needed sunshine with temperatures topping off in the low 50's. For any walks today, keep the jacket and sunglasses handy. Today would be a nice day to check out one of the local dog parks across central Ohio.

If you can't make it outside today, maybe you can with the extra hour we gain tomorrow. When we turn back the clocks at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, most will likely use that extra hour for sleep; but if not, spend that extra 60 minutes at the dog park. Sunday will be warmer, with highs near 60. Spotty rain returns late tomorrow, mainly after 7 p.m.

A chance of rain on Monday, with showers and even a few storms possible on Tuesday. Cooling down for the midweek and beyond, with rain chances returning as we close out the week. Highs will be in the 60's on Monday and Tuesday but they will quickly drop back down into the low 50's/upper 40's after the passage of a cold front. Mornings will be chilly, so keep your walks short but take advantage of the weather in the afternoons!

Speaking of chilly, it's only a matter of time until winter arrives and snow is on the ground. In preparation of the colder months, here are some helpful tips for keep your pets warm & safe.

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:

  • Get outside this weekend! Highs in the low 50's Saturday and near 60 on Sunday.
  • Unsettled weather returns next week, plans your walks accordingly.
  • Now is a good time to brush up on some cold weather safety tips for your pets.

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.