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

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

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Monday: Despite the gloomy skies, today will be a fine day to head out to the park. Temperatures will be noticeably warmer this afternoon, too. The light jacket will still be needed, but it's one of the better days this week to be outside.

Tuesday: A weak system will bring rain overnight Monday into Tuesday, but most of the rain will be done with by the morning commute. It'll be noticeably cooler and breezy out, so it won't be a long walk kind of day.

Wednesday: Chilly to start the morning with sunshine and warmer air through the day. Other than Monday, this will be the best day to enjoy the weather with you and your pet.

Thursday: Rain returns and we could even see a few snowflakes mix in! Temperatures will cool off again, so make sure you limit your time outside and always clean off your pets paws' after a walk in the rain.

Friday: Sunshine returns but it will feel much cooler out. You'll need to break out the winter jacket and even the puppy coat as we head into the weekend. Highs will struggle to hit 40 degrees, so you'll want to keep your walks short.

This Weekend: Another chilly start to the day on Saturday, so keep your walks short in the morning. Mostly sunny over the weekend, but highs will only hit around 40 Saturday, but will be noticeably warmer on Sunday. Dry all weekend, so take advantage of it!

Temperatures are trending cooler than average for the first couple weeks of November, which means we're going to be spending more and more time talking about your pets safety in the cold. 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!
  • A few wet paws early Tuesday and again on Thursday.
  • Cold end to the week, so keep your pets warm on their walks!

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.