Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | February 23, 2018

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Welcome back everyone and for you first-time readers, happy to have you here! This is my third "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".

16-year-old Zack is looking forward to some sunny days! Thanks for the photo, S.A. Stimmel!

Starting off with Saturday it is yet again another soggy day. As far as temperatures are considered with, it will be fairly mild out.

The rain, however, will continue to pester us. Scattered showers will occur during the first half of the day and will then become more spotty in the afternoon and early evening.

Thus, if you want to take more of a casual walk with your pup, I recommend doing so during the afternoon and early evening hours. More rain will be moving in later Saturday; which is not shown above but it should be noted that we will have more rain and some rumbles of thunder during the night hours.

This time period will want to be avoided, especially if your dog is sensitive to thunderstorms.

Wrigley, 7-years-old, is tired of all of the rain! Thanks for the photo, Stacey Holmes!

On Sunday, we'll finally see the rain come to an end but we will be dealing with some light rain for the early part of the day.

Otherwise, skies will gradually clear through the afternoon but it will be breezy out. Temperatures will be on the mild yet again, so take advantage of the break in the soggy weather! If not, don't worry, we have some dry days ahead!

A look at the week ahead shows many promising days to get out and enjoy your walks together. Monday and Tuesday will be dry and will feature mostly sunny skies. Temperatures will be a little warmer on Tuesday, which is why the day is a little "Wag-tastic".

Chances for rain will increase during the mid-week, with scattered showers arriving mainly on Thursday. A few leftover showers into Friday may leave you guys with a few "wet paws" but overall this week is a big improvement from the last!

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!