Pet Loss and Children: “Being Brave for Bailey” by Corey Gut, DVM #beingbraveforbailey #baileybook

“This book is dedicated to

every child who has loved a pet

with their whole heart and 

has had to say


Cover photo courtesy of Being Brave for Bailey on Facebook

Cover photo courtesy of Being Brave for Bailey on Facebook


“Tis better to have loved and lost

Than never to have loved at all”

–Alfred Lord Tennyson

Losing a beloved pet is one of the most heart-breaking experiences that anyone who shares their life with a pet will ever have to face.  It is hard enough for adults to understand,  but how does one explain it to the special children in their life?

Explaining to a child that their beloved pet whom often they have known since they were born is aging, and ill, and that the most caring thing that you can do for that pet is to help them “pass peacefully to a safe place” is a difficult concept for adults to grasp, let alone a child.

Being Brave for Bailey by Corey Gut, DVM,  is a sensitive, touching and beautiful book,  that is written with a great deal of compassion and  in a charming rhyming manner, that is geared towards elementary school children. It was inspired by a true story when Dr.Corey’s niece was experiencing the loss of her beloved pet.

bailey book quote

Courtesy of Dr.Corey








The video below will enable you to learn more about this marvelous book.

While reading Being Brave for Bailey I had tears in my eyes remembering when I lost my beloved cat, “Bobo”,  nine years ago. Dr.Corey happens to be a Vet at the same practice that has been caring for my pets for approximately 15 years.  We have often written about “Dr.Smiley” who primarily takes care of Dakota and Cody, but we are blessed that the practice has someone like Dr.Corey on their staff as well, who is kind, knowledgeable, caring, professional and loves all fur babies with as much passion as our “Dr.Smiley” does.

Photo Courtesy of Dr.Corey

Photo Courtesy of Dr.Corey

Being Brave for Bailey

is about:

“Remembering the angels who have touched our lives, warmed our hearts and loved us unconditionally in the only way they know how. In memory of amazing pets.”

Written in a gentle, non-threatening way, Being Brave for Bailey will help spur discussions between parents and their children, teachers and so many more. This book is a MUST HAVE for every school, public and home library. It would make a wonderful gift!

Oh the illustrations! Being Brave for Bailey has some of the most glorious and touching illustrations that were created by Dr.Corey’s mother, Jaime Myers.  Simple, yet beautifully done in soft pastels, they are the perfect accompaniment to this special book. There is a sensitivity conveyed in eyes of “Bailey” and the child in the book that being artistic myself, I know first-hand how hard that is to convey.

At the back of the book is a helpful section called “Activity ideas for further support” that lists some wonderful ideas to help a child cope with the loss of their pet, such as:

Make a scrapbook, a photo album or a memory box. I did this when my Bobo passed. I had trouble coping with his loss and I went out and bought TONS of frames that had multiple photo slots. I made a collage for every room (because I couldn’t bear not seeing Bobo in every room.), those collages are hanging now, nine years later.

Plant a tree or a flower bed in honor of your pet.

Write a poem, short story or a song about your pet.

there are more!

Being Brave for Bailey also was voted a “Reader’s Favorite!” 




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Hoping Dr.Corey doesn't mind that we stole this one from Facebook!

Hoping Dr.Corey doesn’t mind that we stole this one from Facebook!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Corey is a veterinarian in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Her previous veterinary roles have included international surgeon, wildlife doctor, Earthwatch marine mammal rescue and rehabilitator, veterinary counselor and professor. Although she has loved working in a wide variety of veterinary fields, she finds her current job of caring for pets and their families the most personally rewarding.

After 10 years in practice, Corey wrote this book to provide parents with a tool to broach the difficult subject of euthanasia and pet loss with their children.


In full disclosure: We were not compensated to share this book with you. It is our pleasure to share this beautiful book and the author with a heart of gold who wrote it.

Help teach children how to properly interact with dogs

I was recently contacted by the author of a book that I am HOPING upon hope will be published. Her name is Sarah Parker and her book is, Henry Says “Hello”. Sarah is trying to raise enough funds to get, what I am certain is going to be, a must read book for dog lovers, published. She asked if I would help spread the word and I am more than happy to do so!

Most children love dogs and most dogs love children. Not all dogs do love children,  or, it takes them some time to warm up to a child. There are a host of reasons why this might be the case,  one of the biggest is that the dog wasn’t raised with children, nor does he spend time with children. Dakota is one of those dogs. Dakota  likes children, but often he needs time and space to warm up to them. This is often the case with dogs that do not spend a great deal of time with children. Dakota finds them to be a mystery. He is calm, he will sit and wait patiently if a child wants to pet him, but I  have cringed when a few times in Dakota’s 7 years on earth, tots have approached HIM in an aggressive way. Thankfully, Dakota didn’t bite them, but he could have. If he had, would it have been his fault if the child wasn’t taught the appropriate way to approach and treat a dog? Probably.

These situations CAN be avoided!





The Impact

When some dogs have trouble interacting with the younger family members the consequences can be devastating to both human and animal companion.  That is why fostering a special relationship, based on good manners and good sense of communication; tone and body language, between animals and children is so important right from the start.

For a successful partnership between your pet and your children, it is imperative to understand the types of actions that drive a dog to bite and to teach your children how to recognize and respect each and every type of dog and the signs they convey with their body motions.  With simple guidelines and precautions a rewarding relationship with dogs can develop that will last a lifetime.

The vast majority of biting incidents could have been prevented by understanding animal behavior, by reading the ‘signs’ a dog projects and by sensible and responsible training and constant vigilance towards both pet and child.  In this story, Henry acts as the children’s guide throughout and each dog’s fears and behavior are illustrated and remedies provided.


By supporting this project, you are supporting so much more; after print costs are met, we will have a supply of books to share with schools, libraries and provide as marketing collateral for Rescue Organizations and Shelters.  A large portion of future book sales will also go towards these causes. A large portion of future book sales will also go towards training programs such as Therapy Dogs, Reading Dogs, Prison Pets etc. as well as helping rescue organizations and shelters.  Have your local organization contact us for more details.


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Spreading the word and sharing this project as well as information about this book is just as helpful as monetary contributions.  Please share this project with others and visit to pre-order your copy of ‘Henry says “Hello”.  (If not open now, the site will be open SOON!) Thank you for your support!