Monday, October 27, 2008

Memory of Monroe Scottie Rescue

A fun day with these prickly, stubborn dogs that I adore and hope to adopt someday. Memory of Monroe Scottish Terrier Rescue put on a great event on a rainy September 13 at the Carver County Fairgrounds.

A pair with an old-school clip - they look like Skye Terriers the breed that were the grandpas to the Cairn, West Highland White Terrier and the Scottish Terrier.

A blended family of rescue dogs of different ages, and a sassy Westie ringleader. A couple of Scottie/Westie owners say that the Westies start the mischief and the Scotties trot along.

A really moving ceremony for the rescues that have passed on - the white balloons are for Wheaten Scotties and Westies, the black for black and brindle Scotties. Before the ceremony began, a pastor gave a moving blessing for the deceased and asked for a moment of silence. That must have been for the humans, because all of a sudden we heard:
"WOOFOFOFOFFFFFFFARFWOOOOFWOOFWOOOWOOOOOOOF" from all the Scottie pens outside. They are small dogs, but have big, deep voices!

A parade of all the Scottie rescues placed this year. It was pouring rain, but the dogs didn't care. They had their noses in the grass. Forget about any formation!

After such a full day, we were all kind of tired.

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Cost Per Wear Update

The CPW Update
Now that fall's here, we're seeing out cost per wear drop:

Neiman Marcus brick red cashmere turtleneck sweater - $61.00 (sale price and shipping)
divided by 8 = $7.60

Style & Co giraffe Print short trench coat- $35.00 (sale price) divided by 9 = $3.80/wear

Eddie Bauer cassis colored cords - $19.99 (sale price and shipping) divided by 9 = $2.20/wear

All of them getting down to a reasonable cost-per-wear without years and years of ownership.

It's also worth stealing a look at the latest InStyle magazine for November's Fundementals of Chiconomics feature. Some of it's fluff, but there is an excellent quiz on "What's The Real Price" that's kind of the flip side of cost per wear. The more you use the items and the more minimal care the item has, the item the more points you get.

My cords, for example, scored 160 points. Multiply the price (19.99) by 1.6 and you get $31.00. Yet, that's still far below the list price of $60 - if you do the math on the list price, they should be worth $96.00 to you. But that still doesn't justify full price in my mind.

A combination of both methods should work well, but if you have to pick one, go with Cost Per Wear.