‘Fala nearly wagged his tail off’
“I was sorry that the President had such a short stay in Warm Springs, Ga., but I think the change was good for him. He told me they had a wonderful dinner at the Foundation on Saturday night, and he had a good sleep in his cottage.
“For once, he left his dog, Fala, behind. I imagine he thought they are apt to get ticks in the South, and that the trip was not going to be long enough to warrant so much time spent on the train for a little dog. However, left behind, Fala was a very pathetic and lonely object. He deigned to spend his nights in my room and woke me up in the mornings by pawing the side of my bed and by little yaps to attract my attention. When the President came in, Fala nearly wagged his tail off.” — Eleanor Roosevelt, My Day, Dec. 4, 1941
Fala on Pearl Harbor Day
While visiting her mother’s cousins, Franklin and Eleanor, in the White House on December 7, 1941, she spent the afternoon teaching the President’s dog, Fala, to roll over. She went on to raise and train dogs to assist deaf persons, helping to found the agency which coordinates such efforts, Assistance Dogs International. — New York Times obituary of Laura Delano Adams Eastman, Sept. 28, 2005