Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | October 21, 2019

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | October 21, 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 week's "Furr-cast."

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Monday: What is this, early summer? Temperatures in the mid-upper 70's today, so you and your furry friend may work up a sweat. Keep your walks casual and if you plan on spending a decent amount of time outside, keep the water bowl handy. Rain will be spotty through this afternoon, with widespread rain overnight, so wet paws will be isolated and spotty.

Tuesday: Early rain then clearing into the day, so the only time you may run into some wet paws will be up until the mid morning hours. It'll be noticeably cooler and breezy out, so it will be easier to spend more time outside during the afternoon.

Wednesday: Picture perfect fall weather. Not restrictions just get out and enjoy the beautiful weather!

Thursday: A touch warmer, but still pleasant conditions to be out at the dog park.

Friday: A few wet paws with some of the rain expected to move in during the day, but it looks like temperatures will be comfortable enough for long walks.

Looking Ahead: A few wet paws on Saturday with clearing conditions into Sunday. Temperatures appear to be around average, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the weather with you and your furry, little friends.

The "Barking Message" for this week:

  • A few wet paws early Tuesday.
  • Pleasant walking conditions going into the mid-week.
  • A few cool mornings later this week, but nothing too cold out.

Each week, 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.