Biography of Fala, the Scottish Terrier
Fala was born on April 7, 1940 and given to the President by Mrs. Augustus G. Kellog of Westport, Connecticut through Franklin Roosevelt’s cousin, Margaret “Daisy” Suckley. At first his name was Big Boy. Franklin renamed him ‘Murray the Outlaw of Falahill’ after a Scottish ancestor. His nickname became Fala. Before Fala went to the White House, Daisy taught Fala how to behave and do tricks. He could sit up, rollover, and jump.
Fala went to live in the White House in Washington, DC on November 10, 1940. He spent most of his time there. However, time was also spent at the houses in Hyde Park and Warm Springs, Georgia. While at Hyde Park, Fala often rode in FDR’s car, a Ford, which FDR drove with special hand controls because of his paralysis from polio.
Every morning Fala had a bone that was brought up on the President’s breakfast tray. Fala got a full dinner every night. Throughout the day, Fala would beg for food from the White House staff. He was so cute that the staff could not resist feeding him and he became sick. The President then directed the staff not to feed him extra food. At night, he slept in a special chair at the foot of the President’s bed.
Fala loved to travel with the President on long and short trips by train, car, or boat. As the nearly constant companion of the President, Fala met many famous visitors and entertained them with the tricks he had learned as a puppy. His most impressive trick was curling his lip into a smile. (Read More)
Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum