I don't know what it costs for my dogs keep but you folks are not helping me be in a hurry to increase my canines. I think I'll stick to 2 backcountry snowboarding/mtn.biking/ski-bikejoring companions. Most of my food is free restaurant scraps. I trade massage for vet fees and for some meat and organs from a rancher client. If I became a "real musher" I might have to get a real job.
The more people I meet the more I like dogs and their people.