From donating organs to organizing bake sales, there’s nothing we wouldn’t do to help a loved one in need, but what do you do when the loved one has four paws and is covered in fur? Would you still make the same sacrifices for your canine bestie?
Although a human kidney wouldn’t quite work for those of the canine variety, there’s still a plethora of things we can do to help a furry friend in need.
One boy was determined to help his puppy live, no matter the cost.
He sacrificed his entire collection of Pokémon cards to raise funds for his sick puppy, Bruce.
Bryson Kliemann is an eight-year-old boy from Lebanon, Virginia. Without even a second thought, Bryson chose to sell off the entirety of his prized card collection when his family couldn’t afford Bruce’s expensive vet bills.
Bryson was playing with his Pokémon cards when he realized that something seemed wrong with his furry pal. The family took Bruce to a local veterinarian’s office to discover the root of the problem.
Bruce was soon diagnosed with a potentially fatal gastrointestinal virus called parvo.
A virus that provides the most risk for puppies between six weeks to six months old, parvo can take even the healthiest of puppies from lively to lethargic within days.
Highly contagious, parvo can be fatal, so proper treatment is absolutely crucial.
Bruce’s parvo treatment was going to cost the family over $700.
It was an amount they simply couldn’t afford.
Bryson and Bruce were constant companions, so young Bryson was willing to do whatever it took to save his furry pal’s life. He figured he would earn money in the best way he knew possible.
Bryson set up a stand outside of his home to sell his Pokémon cards.
After just one evening outside, Bryson was $65 closer to saving his beloved pup’s life. His parents, however, didn’t want him to have to sell off his entire collection, so they set up a GoFundMe in hopes of raising the remaining amount owed.
Bryson’s story was so moving that the GoFundMe page proved a success.
Over $1900 was raised to help Bryson and his sick pup.
A simple act of kindness went quite a long way. The remaining money will be devoted to helping out other ill animals in the area, but the story doesn’t stop there.
After seeing Bryson’s story, The Pokémon Company sent him a surprise.
Bryson was sent several new packs of rare Pokémon cards in addition to the Pokémon Battle Academy, a new Pokémon-inspired board game. Along with the gifts came the following note:
“Hey Bryson, we were so inspired by your story about selling your cards for your dog’s recovery, these are some cards to help you replace the ones you had to sell.”
A personalized note and several gifts to add to his Pokémon collection? Bryson is sure to remember this for the rest of his life. His kindness surely did not go unnoticed.
We are pleased to report that the young puppy, Bruce, is up and feeling as good as new. The family has more vaccine appointments for their furry pal, but Bruce is continuing to remain in good health. The family is so thankful for the support and love they have received nationally.
See Bryson receive his Pokémon surprise in the video below!
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