Don't know about you but I've gone out to clear the driveway and sidewalks twice already. Probably have to do it again when I get home from work. OH there is a lot of extra time behind the snow thrower too. We have 2 short dogs. Not sure if you can tell, but it would have been over their heads. Princess is the tan dog. She's from the Carolinas. So far she's not digging her first northeast winter.