Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | October 20, 2018

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | October 20, 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, little 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 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."

It seems as if we skipped fall and went from summer to winter. Temperatures started out nearly 20 degrees above average in October and here we are just a couple weeks later and now we're consistently 5-10 degrees below average! Crazy, right? Well, it looks like this "November-like" weather is here to stay over the next week but it looks great for you dog walkers. This weekend and next week will actually be the nicest conditions we've had in quite some time, so get out and enjoy the cooler weather! Today will be breezy but pleasant out for your pets, with highs in the mid 50's. Showers will return later this afternoon, so keep the umbrella handy if you happen to take a longer walk today.

Now that we're talking about cooler weather, it's important to be aware of the dangers of cold weather on you and your pets. Sunday won't be crazy cold but with morning temperatures in the 30's and breezy winds in place, it'll feel like it's in the 20's through the morning. Daytime temperatures will only be in the 40's, so casual walks are appropriate.

Overall, next week supports some great weather for you and your furry friends. Daytime temperatures in the 50's and overnight lows in the 30's with mainly dry conditions. Now is a good time to get prepped for the upcoming winter season because before you know it, you and your pets will be walking in snow!

The "Barking Message" for next week:

  • Great weather over the next week, so get outside during the day and burn off some energy!
  • Morning temperatures over the next week get near the freezing mark at times, so keep your pets health & safety in mind.
  • Now is a good time to brush up on some cold weather safety tips for your pets!

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.