To most pet owners, animals are part of the family. They love us unconditionally, support us fully, but never ask to borrow money or judge us for eating midnight lasagna. When 8-year-old Bryson Kliemann’s puppy got sick, he did what any good family member would do – using the few resources he had at his disposal, Bryson did everything in his power to help.
The Southwest Virginia family noticed something wasn’t right when their beloved puppy Bruce began acting sick. Kimberly Woodruff, Bryson’s mom, rushed the young dog to the vet. It was there that the family received devastating news – Bruce had Parvo. Parvo is a highly contagious and potentially deadly virus, affecting mainly puppies and unvaccinated adult dogs.
Treatment for Parvo is costly, requiring overnight stays at the vet’s office and around-the-clock care. Even so, recovery isn’t guaranteed. The family was heartbroken, unable to afford the high cost of treatment on their own. Woodruff set up a GoFundMe for Bruce’s care, but Bryson had other plans.
As an 8-year-old, Bryson didn’t have a whole lot of assets to liquidate to help out with the cost of Bruce’s treatment. Undeterred, he considered his options and settled upon selling his beloved Pokémon cards.
“He’s so worried about our Bruce he is beside the road trying to sell his favorite thing in the world just to make his puppy better,” Woodruff explained in her GoFundMe.
Bryson sold his cards and gained national attention for his selflessness. News of his kindness spread far and wide, ultimately reaching The Pokémon Company itself. The family’s GoFundMe far exceeded its goal, Bruce recovered from Parvo, but the good news wasn’t over for this big-hearted family.
After learning about Bryson’s sacrifice, The Pokémon Company sent him an assortment of rare Pokémon cards to help him rebuild his collection. The package also contained a letter, which expressed admiration for the young boy and his willingness to step up for his puppy.
“I know I have been raising him right,” Woodruff wrote proudly.