Yes, Virginia, Even Dogs Have a Santa Claus! 

Siblings, Max & Lulu, always wanted to live with one another.

And you’re asking, “So why is this significant? People do that all the time.”

“Ah yes,” said the man with the rosy cheeks, long flowing white beard with a topper of a crimson red hat topped off with a snowball, “BUT we’re not talking about two-legged creatures rather those with four.”

The equation is dramatically different when we’re talking about DOGS or >2<5 =4 appendages. DOG the anagram for something so much greater, with the distinction of being man’s best friend, does at times dream and wish for a life filled with the love of a sibling, a mate, another special dog in their life.

In the case of Max & Lulu – you don’t dare try to separate them. As a volunteer at West Suburban Humane Society, I’m very much aware of how WSHS allowed Max & Lulu to live in adjoining pens with access to each other via a doorway that connected their living spaces. When they went into the recreation yards, they went together – they’re a team and, you don’t break up a great team.

I’m sure that Max & Lulu had to have noticed the other dogs leaving WSHS for permanent homes, but neither pup wanted to live without the other. Kudos to the folks at WSHS for having the heart and fortitude to keep a promise they made to Max & Lulu – you’ll either stay with us or you’ll go together, but WE at WSHA won’t separate you TWO.

It’s Christmas, and I always get weepy hearing stories about man’s humanity on behalf of their fellow man during a season when we all wish nothing but the best for men of goodwill — BUT — this story takes the CAKE in my opinion.

Lulu & Max got their Christmas WISH.

I’m not sure how much Santa was involved but I’ve got to think he had something to do with Max & Lulu being adopted by wonderful people who wanted to GO DO GOOD.

May the ALMIGHTY bless Max & Lulu, WSHS, and the man & woman of goodwill who committed to the promise that the pups go together as tight as an ampersand — MAX & LULU — joined at the hip in a forever home.

Now, isn’t that one of the best Christmas Carols you could ever hope to sing about.

William Natale is the author of the children’s book, Woolly Wurm;  “1968 – A Story As Relevant Today As It Was Then (based on a true story about two white teens who wind up working in an all-black factory immediately following the assassination of Dr. MLK; and The Resurrection of Boraichee (a tale described by a London critic as quirky and clever with a bit of reincarnation as a DOG serves as the narrator about a family suffering from the opioid epidemic) and his latest compendium of short stories, BLISS: ELUSIVE & UNIQUE.  All but the children’s book can be found on Amazon/KINDLE.  BLISS is available until February 2022, via







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William (Bill) Natale, is an Emmy-Award winning producer/director and executive member of the Directors Guild of America Midwest Council. He is the author of “1968 – A Story As Relevant Today As It Was Then,” and a children’s book, entitled “Woolly Wurm,” that was written specifically to help raise funds for The Infant Welfare Society of Chicago. Natale’s new book, “The Resurrection of Boraichee,” will debut this coming May 17, 2020 and be available in book stores as well as AMAZON & KINDLE. Natale has served as the Executive Director of the Illinois Center for Broadcasting/IL Media School, Chicago Campus; Executive Producer of Internet Streaming Corporation and Executive Producer of WATCH312.COM. Natale served for over 4 years as president of the board of directors for PanAmerica Performance Works Theater Company (formerly Latino Chicago Theater Company). He has served as a member of the board of directors for the Chicago chapter of the National Association of Television Arts & Sciences and as Chairman of the Broadcast Promotion & Marketing Executives Association. Natale serves as an advisor to the board of directors for the 501-c BIBO AWARDS FOUNDATION, (Beauty In & Beauty Out) that honors outstanding women for their community service in the Chicago, Las Vegas and Los Angeles metropolitan areas. He also serves on the board of directors for the 501-c SHINE ON CHICAGO organization that teaches inner-city children how to shoot, produce and edit video that can then be shared via social media and is currently president of the Board of Directors for the 501c, The Community Adult Day Care Center (CADC) in Downers Groves. Natale became aware of CADC via videos shot pro bono by his son Matthew. Some time later CADC proved to be a GODSEND for his sister, a care giver for his brother-in-law who suffers both cognitive and physical disabilities and now is served by the wonderful staff at CADC. Carissa and his grandson Grey live with him in Downers Grove where he has resided for the last 28 years. He has been blessed to have two other daughters, Gina and Renee and a son, Matthew - who passed away in 2017.