you want a friend in Washington, get a dog,” said
Harry Truman. Portraits of presidents with their
dogs in quiet moments of reflection or boisterous
fun have played a role in forming perceptions of
the character and personality of our presidents
in recent years.
Fun Fact: Fala becomes a movie star.
with news photographers at the White House, 1942.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Library
In 1943, MGM made a short-subject film relating
the World War II home front story from Fala’s
perspective. The studio made a second installment
in 1946 after his master’s death that included
Fala’s tour of Hyde Park, the Roosevelt
family estate, and future site of a presidential