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.

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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.

Winner:“Amos Likes to Jump” – by Margaret Lowder

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A Children’s Board Book : “Amos Likes to Jump” – by Margaret Lowder, Illustrations by Ellen Davis, Enter to Win!!

I was thrilled when I was contacted by Ellen Davis,  the illustrator for a small, family owned children’s book business, Amos Book Co.  What made this contact extra special is that it is Ellen and her Aunt who created  books about her Aunt’s real life dog named Amos.
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The real Amos! Photo courtesy of the Amos Book Company

From The Amos Book Company: 




“Amos Likes To Jump teaches young ones the value of individuality, and why being “you” is the best way to be. The story, created by author Margaret Lowder, is heart-warming and fun. The illustrations, by Ellen Davis, are bright and energetic – just like Amos himself! This quality board book is substantial in size, and durable enough for children of all ages.” 

“A vivid combination of beautiful imagery and a fun spirit!!”


FROM DAKOTA’S DEN: The story is precious!  Children will love joining Amos on his JUMPING adventures and will giggle with glee as he jumps so high that he soars up in the sky! His jumping enables him to make friends with birds and other animals.

This generously sized, glossy board book takes me back…back to a time when I remember having tiny hands and holding a book like Amos Likes To Jump was pure joy. It is super sturdy. The story itself has catchy rhymes that will be easy for little ones to join in with when reading out loud as a bedtime story, or anytime!

The illustrations by Ellen Davis are delightful! Vibrant, vivid, fun, engaging, everything children’s book illustrations SHOULD be! I found them to be captivating. If I was enthralled with them, imagine how the little ones will enjoy them!

Amos Likes to Jump also has an activity book which accompanies it!

Amos Activity Book

This book definitely brought back some wonderful memories from my own childhood when I loved nothing more than to read a book and find that on the first page it said “This book belongs to:” and there was a space to print my name. I took great pride in carefully printing my name, as most children do!

There is a page where children can practice printing their upper and lower case letters, with drawings on each page that little ones will enjoy coloring. Other activities include mazes, matching, numbers and letters, tic-tac-toe, free-hand drawing and more – all with an Amos The Dog theme!

Remember “Connect the dots?” Oh how I loved that! There is a “connect the dot page” and various activities on all of the accompanying pages. The activity book is 10 pages with activities on each side of the page which makes it 20 pages.

You can find more information about the book at and on Facebook . On the Facebook page,  treat recipes, upcoming book signings and readings, and the antics of Amos himself are highlighted.



  • Board book: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Matter; 1st edition (2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0996110704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0996110709
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches

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 We truly value family and working together. To that end, we are family company. Author Margaret Lowder is the mother of Matter Creative Studio’s Principal,  Anna Lowder. Ellen Davis, Illustrator, is the cousin to Anna and niece to  Margaret Lowder, Author For as long as anyone can recall, Margaret has had a passion for two things: children and dogs. Well, maybe three if you count sweets, but that’s another story. After years of dreaming Walter Mitty-style of the ideal children’s book and its characters, she focused her boundless energy and witty spirit on the Amos Series. Amos is Margaret’s trusty sidekick, her pal for years and now her inspiration for children’s books. She vividly describes the life of Amos in these books, from his imaginary travels to his secret super powers.
Ellen Davis, Illustrator Ellen is a science lover and an artist who found her niche as an illustrator. With a BFA in Scientific Illustration and a master’s degree in Medical Illustration, Ellen is well versed in color and design. A whiz with paintbrushes both real and digital, she brings dynamic color and energy to her work.  Ellen’s specialties include children’s book illustration, animal illustration, pet portraiture, and web portfolio design. Ellen’s recently illustrated children’s book, Amos Likes to Jump, is a marvelous representation of her enthusiasm for illustration and design.  
In full disclosure: we were not compensated for this review/give-away. We were sent a copy of Amos Likes To Jump as well as the accompanying activity book, in exchange for our always honest review.

New Children’s Book Explores Anti-Bullying Concepts:Monday at Jelly Roll Dog Park by Jennifer Schreiber, Illustrations by John LaFree and a Give-Away!

Peace on the planet begins with peace on the playground…and in the dog park!

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In Monday at Jelly Roll Dog Park, it’s Monday and a new dog, Muttley, arrives at the New Orleans park all the way from “Minn-ee-a-po-lis”.  All Muttley wants to do is make friends, but the group of friends that he meets (Rex, Ginger, Champ, Princess and Buddy) are all pure bred dogs who have been coming to the park since they were puppies. Their group has been formed, and they are less than eager to offer an outsider admittance to their “exclusive” group. Especially one who came from a “dirty pound.”


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The group of friends shun Muttley because he is not a pure bred dog, but is a mixture of many breeds, a mutt. Hence his name, “Muttley.”
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 Muttley is consoled and mentored by Jelly Roll’s guardian angel, Daisy Mae the bulldog. She’s a former friend of the “in-crowd” and helps Muttley navigate the pack’s standoffish bark and teaches them all an important lesson.
Through discovering his own strengths, Muttley is able to rise above the bullying and earn the respect of the other dogs.
Monday at Jelly Roll Dog Park was inspired by the desire to explore anti-bullying concepts through the exploits of dog characters easily understood by young children.
This 38-page children’s book is hard-covered,  large,  (even for an adult’s hands but I loved that, because it reminded ME of holding a large children’s book as a child, and for me, that increased its charm).
Along with teaching an important life lesson, which would serve as a perfect conversation starter between parents and little ones, and teachers and students, about how hurtful bullying can be  , the illustrations alone are reason enough to buy this book! They are SUPERB. When I opened the book, I said aloud, “this book is GORGEOUS!” The pages are glossy. Children and adults alike will be captivated.
As Daisy Mae says to Muttley: “Remember the Golden Rule,” said Daisy Mae. “Always treat others the way you would like them to treat you.”
An important lesson that often we adults forget as well!
Dakota and I give this marvelous book FOUR PAWS UP!! What a great holiday gift or anytime gift this would make!
ISBN 9781941758328
Hardcover $18
eBook Version Available
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Jennifer Schreiber is CEO of Just Jenerous Inc. Monday at Jelly Roll Dog Park is the first book in the anti-bullying series. She graduated with a Master’s Degree from Cornell University’s Hotel School in 1999. Her endeavors are centered around inspiring acts of generosity to reinforce her belief that peace on the planet begins with peace on the playground. 
SPEAKING OF GENEROSITY!! The publisher as allowed me to offer a give-away! Three of my readers who reside in the U.S. or Canada will each win a copy of Monday At Jelly Roll Dog Park! Entering is super easy! Enter on the Rafflecopter below…there is only ONE mandatory entry requirement! Good luck!

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Winners! The Voltaire Book Series: The Franco-American Hipster Dog by Julia Livi

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Children’s Book Review/World-wide Give-away: The Voltaire Book Series: The Franco-American Hipster Dog by Julia Livi

I love surprises and I especially love surprises that end up having ties to other parts of my life. Back in July I received an email from my dear friend, Layla Morgan Wilde of Cat Wisdom 101, telling me she had been contacted by Julia Livi,  a talented illustrator/author originally from Paris, who now resides in Brooklyn, NY. (Tie #1 both of my parents were from Brooklyn and I still have some family there. Tie #2 I will be in Brooklyn this November!!) who wanted to see if she would review two of her books in the Voltaire Book Series. Since Layla has a cat blog she politely declined, but was kind enough to email me and tell me that “they are so up my alley” and oh how they are!!


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Voltaire is a hipster who happens to be a third culture dog. He’s Franco-American and always looks forward to the word promenade as it leads to a walk in either language. He’s the narrator and main character in this children’s book series. He enjoys telling people of all ages about his family, his lifestyle and his hobbies which include costumes, fashion, art, eating and cuddling.

Voltaire se Promène

Simultaneously in French and English, Voltaire introduces himself, his confusion with bilingualism and his favorite activities on a walk with his human parents through Brooklyn Heights. Voltaire se Promène is a book destined for French, Brooklyn, dog and walk lovers of all ages. Voltaire se Promène is the first book of the bilingual book series: Voltaire: The Franco-American Hipster Dog. You can purchase the kindle  or paperback version of Voltaire se Promène here.

As you can see by the cover of one of the two books that I received, the illustrations are superb!!  Not only will they appeal to children, but they will appeal to adults as well. The books are written in English and French (they are SUPER easy to read), which in itself is delightful. What a wonderful and fun way to introduce little ones to the French language!

In fact the Voltaire Book Series was  originally created so that Julia Livi  (who is a self-described ” third culture kid from Paris, now in Brooklyn),  could help her sisters teach our languages to their children living on both sides of the pond.  Her American brother-in-law had to make up the story when her niece gave him a French book to read and her father had to do the same when English books were given to him. These books include everyone.

With the Voltaire Series, no matter what family member was asked to tell a story, there’s a language they can read. Julia later shared her books with her adult French students, and realized they really enjoyed them too. These books are for all ages, for French-lovers, Brooklyn-lovers, dog-lovers and happy-go-luckies everywhere!!

The second book I received was:

Voltaire and Tonton Joe

Voltaire and Ton Ton Joe


Also written  in French and English, Voltaire introduces his uncle Joe and the struggles they face as well as the silver linings when Tonton Joe is deployed in Afghanistan. Voltaire and Tonton Joe is the second book of the bilingual series: Voltaire: The Franco-American Hipster Dog. You can purchase the kindle version  or paperback of  Voltaire and Tonton Joe here.

As you can see, the illustrations  are so beautifully done that they alone make the books a worthwhile expenditure. Couple that with the fact that they are unique, and educational  books that are actually works of art, which adults will appreciate, you have a win-win!  Children will delight in the charming Voltaire and will enjoy learning words from another language, French! These books would make great bedtime stories and would also be great for library story groups and of course elementary teachers. This leads me to “Tie #3!” I have a niece who lives in Denver who has a little one who will be two in January. They are heading to France for Thanksgiving and I am going to surprise them by sending them my copies of the books. My niece is a Guidance Counselor (and a former Art History major), and I know she will cherish these always. With the holidays approaching, these would make great gifts!

GIVE-AWAY!! Julia Livi has most generously offered to give away THE SAME BOOKS THAT I RECEIVED to THREE LUCKY WINNERS LOCATED ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!!! (An approximate $25 value!) Entering is easy! Simply enter on the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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In full disclosure: I was not compensated for this review/give-away. I was sent a copy of both books in exchange for my honest review.