The Cleveland National Weather Service reminds people with miniature Dachshunds, Yorkshire Terriers and other small breeds to keep an eye out for their pooches in this windy winter. According to WTOL 11 News, there were unofficial "small dog warnings" in parts of Ohio and northwestern Pennsylvania on Wednesday, as the two-legged and four-legged locals rely equally on gusts of up to 50 km / h.
This is the case officially known as Wind Advisory and is issued when sustained winds reach between 31 and 39 mph or when gusts reach speeds between 46 and 57 mph. Such conditions can result in minor property damage as trees fall and unordered items are knocked over in the wind. The list of unbound items that could possibly fly away includes even small dogs, according to a NWS Cleveland tweet.
Hold on to your pooch! … We have an unofficial "Small Dog Warning" Wind Advisory for the North. #Ohio and NW #Pennsylvania This evening until Wednesday. Wind gusts of 45 to 50 miles per hour! Maybe some trees will be blown up. Scattered power outages possible. #OHwx #PAwx #ThisIsCLE #CLEwx #NWS pic.twitter.com/9Az5E991cZ
– NWS] February 12, 2019  But can your dog really blow in the wind and end up in Oz like Toto? There are some reports of this happening, but conditions are usually a bit more extreme than the ones Ohio is currently expecting. In 2009, a 6-pound chihuahua called the Tinker Bell was ripped open and carried at 70 mph. However, there is a happy ending: their owners found them uninjured (partly thanks to a beastman, they claimed). Recently, a Yorkshire terrier named Toshka was blown away during a snowstorm last year in Siberia. The dog was later found frostbitten, but living 3 miles from home.
Cases like these, however, are rare, and the greater danger is that a flying object can injure your pooch. And when they are out of the leash, they can run away when they are scared or free themselves when a fence in your yard is raided. To keep your puppy safe in stormy weather, the Humane Society of Central Oregon recommends bringing them inside when they need to go outside and checking all the gates and fences.
[h/t WTOL 11]