Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | October 28, 2019

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | October 28, 2019

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."

The Week Ahead

Monday: A chilly start to the day, but mostly sunny and pleasant this afternoon! Temperatures will top off in the upper 60's today, so take advantage of the sunny and dry weather.

Tuesday: Another pleasant and dry day ahead, with highs around 70. It'll be a little warmer out, but increasing clouds should help to keep some nice shade around. It would be a great time to go to your local dog park!

Wednesday: Noticeably cooler and cloudy out with highs in the 60's. Much of the daytime hours will be dry, especially in the morning. Rain will move in and become more widespread late Wednesday into Thursday.

Thursday: Trick or Treat! Actually, it will be more of a trick than treat, with periods of rain throughout the day and into the Halloween festivities. Keep your walks short and get ready for a much cooler day on Friday.

Friday: A very blustery and chilly day ahead, so you'll want to keep the jacket and puppy coat handy. Keep your walks short, especially if your pet is a short-hair or doesn't do well in the cold weather.

Looking Ahead: The coldest air of the season arrives over the weekend. Looking mainly dry, with periods of sun. Temperatures will be around freezing in the mornings and will slowly climb to around 50 on both Saturday and Sunday.

The "Barking Message" for this week:

  • Take advantage of the dry and pleasant days for the start of the week.
  • Lots of wet paws on Thursday. Keep your dogs dry if you're out Trick or Treating!
  • Much colder going into the weekend, so get ready to break out the winter gear this weekend!

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.