Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | February 16, 2018

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Welcome back everyone and for you first-time readers, happy to have you here! This is my second "Furr-cast" blog and while I want to jump right into it, I want to revisit the purpose, goals and methods used in this blog for any of those first-time readers.

This blog is solely dedicated to those dog lovers across central Ohio. Unless you have an outdoor yard, many of you probably walk your dog(s) on a daily basis and 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.

So, let's start things off with a look at what I call the "Comfort Scale".

You will notice on the images below that 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 both you and your pet, so walk all you want!

As temperatures get colder, or we see more widespread rain/snow, this impacts the ranking on the comfort scale and makes it more uncomfortable for both the dog and walker. This brings me to the next level on the scale, which is a yellowish-orange color. This shows that 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 that 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 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".

Genevieve is always excited to go out for a walk! Thanks for the photo, Jessica!

Starting off with Saturday, we've finally gotten a break from the rain but now we're dealing with some chilly conditions to start the day. While walks should be brief this morning, there will be some improvement in the early afternoon. We'll then see more wet paws for the second half of the day as a wintry mix will move through in the afternoon and early night. With the possible wintry mix, it's important to really clean those paws after those walks as fresh salt will likely be on the roads/sidewalks.

Thor is patiently waiting for some warm & dry days! Thanks for the photo, Cassandra!

Temperatures will rebound nicely on Sunday, with skies gradually clearing through the day. Out of both days this weekend, Sunday will be the day for the most "enjoyable" and "pet friendly" walks.

Jumping into the new week, there's a few things I'd like to mention: First off, we won't be dealing with any frigid days this week as temperatures will warming back up. We'll be getting treated with some nice "spring-like" temperatures but unfortunately, we'll be getting the "spring-like" rain that usually comes along with it.

Secondly, with some soggy days ahead this week, there's also the potential for some thunder and lightning with these spring-like conditions--hence why the first few days of the week might be a little "ruff". As I'm writing this blog(Friday 1:47 p.m.), I can't pinpoint the exact specifics on timing/placement of the storms, but I think there's a good chance for some rumbles of thunder Monday and Wednesday; which is something I thought would be worth noting. Not only do you want to avoid these conditions with your pet but I know some people have dogs that aren't too fond of thunder and lightning.

We'll then dry out briefly on Thursday, with more chances for rain going into the following weekend.

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.

Enjoy the weekend and week ahead, Furr-parents!