Franklin D. Roosevelt had a lifelong affection for pets. His
best-known was Fala, a Scottish terrier given to him by his cousin, Margaret
Suckley, in 1940. Fala became Roosevelt’s constant companion and the most
famous dog in America, appearing in newspapers, cartoons, and films.
Fala often accompanied FDR on trips and was present
at key meetings, including the 1941 Atlantic Charter Conference. During the
1944 presidential campaign, Republicans falsely claimed Roosevelt ordered a
destroyer to retrieve Fala when he was left behind on an Alaskan island. FDR
disarmed his critics in a celebrated speech. Fala’s frugal “Scotch soul was
furious,” he reported, at allegations that tax dollars were spent to rescue
After FDR’s death, Fala lived with Eleanor
Roosevelt. He is buried near the President and First Lady.