Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | October 7, 2019

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | October 7, 2019
The Week Ahead

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: Not the best time for a morning walk but most of the rain will lift out the state by this afternoon. Clouds, wet grounds and cooler air will be in store for the second half of the day, so other than a few "wet paws", we should see some pleasant conditions coming our way this evening. Some late day sunshine will be possible too, so take advantage of those evening walks if possible.

Tuesday: Gorgeous day all the way through. A little chilly in the morning, so some of you may be breaking out the puppy coats but you won't need them in the afternoon. Mostly sunny with highs near 70, so we have some more picture-perfect weather for you and your furry, little friend.

Wednesday: Another fantastic day to get outside and just a little warmer out. Maybe go visit your local dog park?

Thursday: Rinse and repeat. Another great day just a little warmer out. Maybe pack an extra bottle of water in case you have been getting out a lot this week.

Friday: Mostly to partly sunny, with just a spotty chance for rain at the moment late in the day. Warmer, with highs near 80, so keep your pet cool and hydrated!

Looking Ahead: Rain could linger through the day on Saturday but much cooler and drier on Sunday, with more perfect weather for long walks.

While it's common sense to not leave your pets or children unattended in vehicles, one may be surprised by how fast things can "heat up" inside a car even with the windows cracked. It's extremely important for your pet's health that you avoid leaving them in the car. In as soon as 10 minutes, a car can heat up by nearly 20 degrees. In cases such as this and how temperatures will pan out next week, it's best to leave the pets at home rather than putting their health at risk.

Another pet safety tip is to avoid paved or concrete roads or sidewalks when temperatures are warming up, especially later in the day when the sun has already been up for several hours under mostly sunny skies. These types of surfaces can heat up extremely fast and while the air temperature isn't too hot, the grounds can be much, much warmer. In cases such as this, it's important to keep their paws on grassy, cooler surfaces. An easy test to tell if the grounds are too hot for your pets is to simply place the back of your hand on the ground for seven seconds. If it is too hot for you, then it's likely it will be too hot for your pet's paws and that it could easily damage their skin.

The "Barking Message" for this week:

  • A few wet paws to kick off the week.
  • Pleasant walking conditions through much of this week.
  • Keep the water bowl handy later this week when temperatures sneak up to around 80!

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.