Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | January 5, 2018

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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."

Pleasant conditions all around this weekend. Saturday will be the warmer of the two days, with highs in the upper 40's to about 50 in spots. Sunshine will also be in abundance, so get out and enjoy the weather with your furry, little friends!

Sunday will be another dry day but there will be a little more cloud coverage, which will then lead to slightly cooler temperatures. Overall, it is still going to be a great day to get out and burn some energy off.

This week will feature more mild weather, especially during the first half of the week. Highs on either side of 50 for Monday, with rain arriving in the afternoon. Get your walks in early on Monday to avoid any unnecessary wet paws. Rain will then end as we head into Tuesday, which looks like another mild day with highs in the 40's. We'll then cool down a touch to more seasonable highs for Wednesday and Thursday, with highs back near 40 on Friday. We'll also stay dry during this time, so we got some great weather slated for you avid walkers.

Since winter is here, it's a good time to practice your cold weather safety plan for your pets even though mother nature has brought more mild weather for the time being.

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:

  • Soak up the sun in the afternoon hours this weekend!
  • Keep an eye out for some wet paws on Monday!
  • Put good use to your cold weather pet safety plan.

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.