Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | February 9th, 2019

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | February 9th, 2019
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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 weekends "Furr-cast."

Winter is back here in central Ohio and it will feel like temperatures are in the single digits and teens through much of the day today. Fortunately, winds will calm down this afternoon and skies will feature mostly sunny skies, so it won't feel that bad out. Temperatures, however, will only climb into the upper 20's today, so you should keep your walks short for the first half of the day and take some more casual walks as temperatures peak later this afternoon.

Temperatures will be close to 10 degrees warmer than Saturday, but we'll run into rain/snow heading into the afternoon on Sunday. Snow and rain will likely fall through the second half of the day and will linger into tonight. It will be another chilly start to the day tomorrow, but you will want to take most of your longer walks during the late morning hours on Sunday. After that, get ready for some wet paws later in the day and early next week.

More wet paws to kick off the week, with rain wrapping up during the first half of the day on Tuesday. Temperatures will be much warmer on Tuesday, with highs near 50, so you might want to get some walks in later in the day. Winds will stay breezy through the midweek, but we'll stay dry with temperatures near average. More wet paws will be possible late Thursday as another storm system moves through, bringing more wet paws to close out the week.

During these cold snaps, It is crucial to have a winter safety plan during extremely cold weather to ensure both you and your pets safety.

Know the signs before you subject you and your pet to the cold weather. Many dogs love the cold & snowy weather but there are also many breeds that aren't built to be outside for prolonged amounts of time.

The "Barking Message" for next week:

  • Watch out for wet paws Sunday afternoon!
  • Stay in the habit of cleaning your pets' paws after walks outside!
  • More wet paws early next week, with drier conditions mid-week.

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. Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter and Facebook at Ross10tv. Enjoy the weekend and week ahead, furr-parents.