Thursday, April 24, 2008


My granny (with an N) sent this video to me.

It was on NPR with this text:

I really don't smile that much. It's not that I am unhappy or depressed. It's just not in my nature. I tend to take life a little seriously.

But, as part of my coverage for NPR in China, I visited the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and Zhang Zhihe. He's a gentle man who speaks about the giant pandas as if they were his own family. At the end of our time together, I asked him why he thought the giant panda bears are so popular. A simple answer from the professor: "Because they make you smile!"

I agree wholeheartedly and came up with my own list of things that are good because they make us smile and keep us from taking ourselves too seriously: dogblogs, Stephen Colbert, ice cream, "The Humpty Dance," and Wally Tamale. Yes, I make myself smile.


Blogger Randi said...

Oh Wally Tamale! You sure make me smile...all day long! & my ma & pa smile at you all the time as are definately a favorite at my doghouse!

Sometimes when I'm trying to fall asleep at night I wonder what you might have looked like as a baby pup...& I think you MAY have looked like a baby Panda Bear! All middle & inch long legs....& AS CUTE AS EVER!

Love & Licks,

2:02 PM  
Blogger Peanut said...

Wally those pandas are cute and o make us smile but so do you

2:34 PM  
Blogger Molly the Airedale said...

awwwwwwww, those pandas are just adorable! They make us smile too! You make us smile too, Wallymelon! hehehehe

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

4:14 PM  
Blogger Sophie Brador said...

You make me smile too Wally! But I'm mad at Stephen Colbert. I've been following him on Twitter for ever and he never ever tweets. Never! I wish you were on Twitter, so I would tweet with you all the time.


p.s. Mom wants me to give that whole rolling on my back while licking out my bowl thing a try. I think she should get stuffed!

P.P.S. That reminds me. Where is sock monkey?

4:17 PM  
Blogger Stanley said...

Woober Walls!

You always make me smile. Me? I crack myself up. Yep. Up one side and down the other.

Believe it or not, my hoogirl has been to that research base and she got to bottle feed a itty bitty baby panda cub. (I think she had some connections somewhere.) It's the best place cuz pandas of all sizes are running amok and having themselves a great time. I think it's a camp for panda's whose parents are on vacation. Something like that.

You are always making us here in GooberStan smile. Thanks, man!

Goob love & lots of smiley smooches,

5:37 PM  
Blogger Joe Stains said...

you certainly make us smile and so do those pandas. it must be real annoying to get your point across when you can only make that tiny noise like they make! you forgot one thing to add to your smile list, ROACHING!

6:34 PM  
Blogger Lola Smiles said...

oh, they made me smile alright. i'd love to play with them too!

do you think they smell? with those ladies wearing masks and all!?

and wally baby, you always make me smile! :)

7:24 PM  
Blogger Ruby Bleu said...

Oh Wally-Tamale there is NO question you make me smile and those pandas do too. You forgot bully stix...they make you smile, right?

Lots of Licks, Ruby

7:51 PM  
Blogger Emily and Ike said...

Don't giant bones filled with marrow make you smile?

8:49 PM  
Blogger Amber-Mae said...

They look like teddy bears to me. I'm smiling right now!

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

10:23 PM  
Blogger Simba and Jazzi said...

That should make everyone smile. Panda's are so cute.

Simba xx

3:19 AM  

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