In the winter, Precious (aka Phod's ball) goes away (it is too easily lost in the snow and some of us have a really hard time coming inside if we can't find it, and that can be dangerous) and is replaced by a chuck disc. We usually go through two discs a season as to show he doesn't love this replacement but it is better then no fetch, Phod chews holes in it.
As we have mentioned, it has been really, really cold here (as it has been in many places). This means our time outside is very short and chuck has been getting only 2 or 3 throws before cold feet bring us in. Phod has seemed a little depressed about not having as much time outside. On New Year's Eve, the Man brought one of his Precious' in. You can't see from the picture but that is the first Precious. We know this as it is the only one he chewed a big hole in. They played some fetch (more like soccer then high throws) in the house. He was so excited he hardly let it out of his sight for the first night. He didn't know what to do with it when dinner was given. If he could have, he would have eaten with it in his mouth.
We are going to let him keep it for now. It may have to go away when Cousin Emma arrives next week. We hope this helps him with his winter blues.