Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | September 22, 2018

Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | September 22, 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 big back yard, 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."

What a surprise this morning as you step outside. Temperatures are 10 to 20 degrees cooler out, with highs only expected to climb into the upper 60's today. It'll stay cloudy out but rain chances are pretty slim, so get out and enjoy the weather.

If you can't make it out to any of the local dog parks today, well, you're in luck. Not only is Saturday going to be a pleasant day but Sunday will be too. More sunshine and temperatures a touch warmer on Sunday with more gorgeous fall weather sticking around.

Our weather will take a soggy turn going into next week as we tap back into our moisture feed from the Gulf. This will keep temperatures down, with highs generally in the 70's and 60's next week. Periods of rain will be possible from Monday going into the mid-week. A brief dry spell on Thursday before another cold front comes to town.

The "Barking Message" for next week:

  • Get outside this weekend! The weather is going to be great for you and your pets to take a stroll.
  • Your pups may get a little soggy next week with the rain expected, so plan your longer walks between rounds of rain.
  • Temperatures don't get that warm out, but make sure you keep your pups hydrated!

Each week, 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. Enjoy the weekend and week ahead, furr-parents.