Being Brave for Bailey

Children - Animals
42 Pages
Reviewed on 11/12/2014
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Author Biography

Corey Gut is a veterinarian in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She married her college sweetheart Adam and has two beautiful daughters, Addison and Ashley, and two furry, 4-legged sons named Vinnie and Derby. Corey’s previous veterinary roles have included international surgeon, wildlife doctor, Earthwatch 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 families and their pets 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. Her goal is to get a copy into every library and elementary school in the United States.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite

Being Brave For Bailey by Corey Gut is a story told in rhyme about a dog named Bailey who is loved and cherished by his human family. This gentle story follows through Bailey’s visits to the veterinarian and the time when the family have to decide that the kindest decision for them to make is to let Bailey go. The story is beautifully illustrated by Jaime Myers with soft, gentle colours that perfectly enhance the storyline. The story focuses on Bailey and his needs rather than the needs of the family, and the kindness and support of an understanding veterinarian. Corey Gut, the author, is in fact a veterinarian who wrote the story to help parents explain a difficult time for children to understand.

Needless to say, I cried as I read this; it is told with such gentleness but also frankness. Bailey the dog is suffering and it is not fair to let him continue in that way. The rhyming is soothing, as are the illustrations. Although tears are inevitable, there is positivity as well by suggesting that it doesn’t need to be the end of owning a pet, but perhaps the beginning of a new friendship. Losing a beloved pet is very difficult for everyone but especially for young children. This story will help them through the process. There are also some useful ideas at the end for commemorating a beloved pet, which gives children something to think about and plan in a positive way.