Forty-two of the 43 U.S. presidents owned pets – though only Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Scottish terrier Fala has his own memorial, which sits at the feet of FDR’s statue in Washington, D.C. The two were inseparable in real life, when Fala would crash press conferences and accompany the president on overseas trips. He was even given his own code name – Informer – by the Secret Service. While most of the news about Fala was positive, there were some rumblings about his position in the White House. In 1944, a rumour circulated that the president had inadvertently left Fala in the Aleutian Islands, and had sent a Navy destroyer back to pick him up at taxpayers’ expense. Absolutely false, FDR said during a campaign speech. “He has not been the same dog since the attack],” FDR decried. “I am accustomed to hearing malicious falsehoods about myself, but I think I have a right to object to libellous statements about my dog.” The public clearly agreed, and re-elected Roosevelt to his fourth term. Shortly after, FDR suffered a heart attack and died. Fala travelled by train to attend his funeral.