Wow and wow again! Yesterday the Scottie News discovered a whole Tumblr website dedicated to the fabulous Fala. It’s got so many photos and videos all in one place that we’re willing to bet even the most diehard Fala fans will find something they’ve never seen before. On top of that, all the videos have been annotated so you can skip right to the
good Fala parts if you’re so inclined.
For example, in this Fala at the Beach video, the famous Scottish Terrier appears at 5:37, 6:10 (up on hind legs), 6:56 (surf fishing), 7:12, 7:26 (digging in the sand), 9:05 (treats on the boat).
Scottie News also likes this item from Eleanor Roosevelt on how Fala relished the role of first dog:
Fala Never Forgot
“Readjustments in one’s inner life have to go on forever, I think, but my main decisions probably were made by the end of the first year. It was Fala, my husband’s little dog, who never really readjusted. Once, in 1945, when General Eisenhower came to lay a wreath on Franklin’s grave, the gates of the regular driveway were opened and his automobile approached the house accompanied by the wailing of the sirens of a police escort. When Fala heard the sirens, his legs straightened out, his ears pricked up and I knew that he expected to see his master coming down the drive as he had come so many times. Later, when we were living in the cottage, Fala always lay near the dining-room door where he could watch both entrances just as he did when his master was there. Franklin would often decide suddenly to go somewhere and Fala had to watch both entrances in order to be ready to spring up and join the party on short notice. Fala accepted me after my husband’s death, but I was just someone to put up with until the master should return. Many dogs eventually forget. I felt that Fala never really forgot. Whenever he heard the sirens he became alert and felt again that he was an important being, as he had felt when he was traveling with Franklin. Fala is buried now in the rose garden at Hyde Park and I hope he is no longer troubled with the need for any readjustments.” —From “On My Own” by Eleanor Roosevelt, 1958
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