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Being Brave for Bailey was written by a veterinarian, Dr. Corey, for her niece, Lexie, who had an aging dog named Bailey that developed liver cancer.  Lexie's mom is a teacher and knew that bibliotherapy (teaching children through reading a story) would be the best way to introduce the topic of losing a pet in a non-threatening and loving way.  

Over the years, Dr. Corey was often asked for assistance and tools to help explain the loss of a pet to young children.  The death of a family pet is often a child's first experience with loss and parents need a tool to broach the sensitive subject, especially since they are grieving at this time as well.  After extensive research and assistance from an elementary counselor, she wrote and published Being Brave for Bailey.  It is her goal to make a book available in every library in the United States so that families have access to this resource when they need it. 

About Us


Corey Gut is a veterinarian in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She married her college sweetheart Adam and has two beautiful daughters, Addison and Ashley, and a fabulous mixed breed dog named Vinnie. 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.


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