Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | March 2, 2018

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Welcome back, everyone! For you first-time readers, happy to have you here! This is my fourth "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, the ranking on the comfort scale changes 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 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 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 weekends "Furr-cast".

Mia may be a feline but she's looking forward to warmer temperatures and lots of sunshine!

Saturday will be an improvement from Friday but it will still start off on the chilly side. Walks should be brief in the morning but mostly sunny skies will take way during the day. Temperatures will be in the 40's, so the duration of your walk depends more on your breed.

Odie Wayne is hoping that snow stays out of the forecast!

High pressure will keep us dry again on Sunday but we'll endure another chilly morning. Temperatures will be a touch warmer from Saturday, so enjoy taking a little bit of a longer walk during the afternoon hours on Sunday!

Looking at your week ahead, there will be many opportunities to go out and enjoy the weather with your furry, little friends. Monday will be the pick of the week, as highs will be in the 50's and rain looks to hold off until Tuesday. Rain moves into the midweek with colder air for the latter half of the week. Right now, Thursday will be the coldest day of the week, so plan on taking shorter walks that day. As the week ends, temperatures will rebound to around average so take advantage of what looks to be a warm up 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!