Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | February 2nd, 2019

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | February 2nd, 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."

Still hanging on to some Arctic air for the first half of the day today. Temperatures will climb in to the 30's later this afternoon, so you will need to just keep an eye out for slick spots; and as always, clean those paws really well after your walks.

Mild air will begin to arrive early on Sunday, but we'll likely deal with more fog throughout the morning hours. Make sure you have bright colors on for your walks in case you head out in the morning, so others driving can see you well in the fog. Temperatures will climb into the 40's in the afternoon, so you may resume your casual walks outside--depending on your pets breed, of course.

Lots of wet paws next week, but hey, it's A LOT better than the -30-degree weather we had last week. Asides from dodging rain puddles, temperatures will be above average, with cooler air slated to return towards the end of the week. Walks on "wet paws" days should be looked at closely the day of. Track the rain on your 10tv app with our Doppler 10 interactive radar, so you can plan accordingly.

Even though we have a taste of spring this week, winter isn't done yet. 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:

  • A lot of wet paws next week, avoid those puddles!
  • Stay in the habit of cleaning your pets' paws after walks outside!
  • Colder weather returns late next 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.