|The Roosevelt family was really big.|
There are two dogs in this photo. I think
they are both Scotties.
The Roosevelts' daughter, Anna, who was married, had two red setters named Jack and Jill. But then when she was getting a divorce, she sent her dogs to the White House to live with her parents. And later on, after she got married again, she ended up sending her retriever, Ensign, to the White House, too. Ensign was a good retriever, and was famous for retrieving every single thing that could possibly be retrieved.
Sistie and Buzzie, two of the Roosevelts' grandchildren, brought their bulldog, Pal to the White House when they were staying there. But Pal got really stressed out because of all the other dogs around, and he threw himself into an empty fountain. Maybe he was trying to kill himself, but I guess it didn't work.
|A reporter set this this up to take a picture|
of Winks eating a plate of eggs and bacon.
Winks was a Llewellin setter who came from Warm Springs, Georgia, where the president had his spa. One morning at the White House, when there was a breakfast of eggs and bacon set out for 18 people, Winks got there first and gobbled up the food off of all 18 plates. President Roosevelt said that the only reason Winks didn't also drink the coffee was because it hadn't been poured yet.
Sadly, Winks, who was always kind of wild and crazy, ran right into a White House fence one day and broke his neck. He was buried with full honors in the Rosedale Dog Cemetery in Maryland.
Mrs. Roosevelt had a Scottish terrier named Meggie who liked to chase the White House maids. And one time she bit a reporter named Bess Furman right on the nose.
|Meggie and Major|
And then another time Major bit someone's hand when the person reached through the fence to pet him, which was a dumb thing for that person to do, but people don't expect to get bitten by one of the First Dogs. So anyway, that's why Major had to go live at Hyde Park after that.
But President Roosevelt also had a Great Dane named President who made up for Major's bad behavior by greeting the King and Queen of England in a very nice, tail-wagging way when they came for a visit.
Another dog that went away to live at Hyde Park was Tiny Tim, who was a big, klutzy sheepdog. He didn't bite anybody, but the president decided there were too many dogs with bad manners in the White House, so that's why he sent most of them away.
And just when he didn't really have any dogs around to worry about anymore, that's when the president's cousin gave him Fala. And like I told you yesterday, Fala turned out to be the most famous First Dog of all.