Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | October 27, 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."

If you haven't thought of a good Halloween costume for your pet yet, maybe you should dress them up in a nice little yellow raincoat. Not only will it be cute but it will come in handy this weekend because of all the rain we have to deal with. Temperatures, however, aren't going to be extremely low but it will still be fairly chilly out. Long walks should be avoided today unless you find yourself in a dry pocket as waves of rain will move through central Ohio today.

The first half of Sunday doesn't look all that bad. Temperatures in the low 40's with areas of drizzle but many will be dry as we start out Sunday morning. Showers will be likely later in the afternoon hours, so you should take advantage of the drier weather in the morning.

Next week will feature some lingering rain on Monday with some dry weather briefly moving in on Tuesday. Rain returns on Halloween and will last into the latter half of the week. Temperature wise, Highs will be near 60 on Tuesday and will then drop back into the 50's as rain moves back into the region. Overnight temperatures will stay above freezing, with lows generally in the upper 30's/low 40's.

The "Barking Message" for next week:

  • Periods of rain this weekend. Keep your weather app handy to avoid the rain.
  • Unsettled weather returns next week, plans your walks accordingly.
  • 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.