With deepest sympathy, Fido

fala_carAm 12. April 1945 starb der damalige US-Präsiden Franklin D. Roosevelt im Alter von 63 Jahren. Eine besondere Zuneigung verband Roosevelt zu seiner Scottish Terrier-Hündin Fala, die es als White-House-Dog bzw. Hund des Präsidenten ebenfalls zu einiger Berühmtheit brachte. Wenige Tage nach dem Tod von Roosevelt schrieb der Comedian Bob Hope einen fiktiven Kondolenzbrief der etwas ungewöhnlichen Art, in dem er sich sozusagen der Stimme des Hundes Fido bediente und sich als dieser mit seinem Brief an die zurück gebliebene Fala wandte:

„April 21, 1945

Dear Fala,

You probably don’t remember me. But I knew you back in our kennel days when we were a couple of young pups – in fact we chewed our first bone together, remember? In writing you this letter, I’m speaking for dogs throughout the world. For we are all deeply grieved to hear of the death of your master. Your personal loss is felt by all of us. You know as well as I do that leading a dog’s life is no bed of roses. But a dog’s life is for dogs. Human beings shouldn’t horn in on our territory. But lately a lot of men and women and kids have been leading a dog’s life, and your master was one of the humans who didn’t like to see that sort of thing happening. That’s why we respected him – he wanted to keep human beings in their right place. And he did something about it. He made plans, and people had confidence in his plans because his integrity and sincerity were felt the world over. In other words, he made a lot of people see the light, or as we’d put it, he put them on the right scent. Let’s hope they can keep their noses to the ground and work it out for themselves, even though his personal guidance has been taken away from them.

With deepest sympathy,




Fala hat es sogar geschafft, in einem Teilbereich des Roosevelt Memorials in Washington D.C. zusammen mit ihrem Herrchen verewigt zu werden.


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