Boy who sold his Pokemon cards to pay for sick dog’s medical treatment rewarded with rare gift from company

Little kids and dogs always create a sweet bond with each other that is so emotional to witness, the furry ones will do everything to protect their little owners and the little ones always turn their favour.

Kids learn about responsibilities through pets, and that was shown in a recent story of a little boy who took the initiative and decided to make a sacrifice for his best friend when his family had to pay for a surgery.

Facebook/Kimberly Woodruff

Bryson Kliemann, an 8 years old that lives in Lebanon, Virginia loves to play with his sweet puppy named Bruce.

But his beloved pet recently got sick.

“He wasn’t coming out of his cage and being the normal puppy he usually is,” his mother Kimberly Woodruff told WCYB. “He was very lethargic, just not doing good.”

The dog was sent for a check up at the vet and got diagnosed with parvo- a serious and contagious virus among dogs. 

The treatment cost was $700, a price that was trouble for the family to afford.

“We currently have enough money for Bruce to stay in the vet hospital for a total of 3 days,” Kimberly wrote. “But myself and the vet are very worried that he may need longer treatment. Between May 3rd and May 4th our baby had already lost 5 pounds overnight.”

The little boy took an initiative to help in the surgery price: he decided to sell his Pokemon cards.

GoFundMe/Kimberly Woodruff

“I know everybody likes Pokémon cards so I just decided to sell them,” Bryson told WCYB.

Bryson, just like many other kids, loved to play and collect the cards. A lot of the time he can be found sitting on the floor with the cards in front of him and looking at his favourite characters.

But parting with fictional characters like Squirtle and Pikachu was worth it since he would get to save his loyal precious pet.

“It made me kind of sad because usually my brother and sister play together and I don’t have anybody to play with. So, I usually play with him,” Bryson said.

The thoughtful gesture surprised his mom, she found it out after someone sent her a photo of Bryston outside at his card stand.

Only on the first day of the sale the boy said he made $65, that’s an impressive amount for a kid selling Pokemon cards, but unfortunately not enough to fund the surgery.

But the family set up a GoFundMe page, and with Bryston’s act going viral the donation kept flowing and the little boy didn’t have to sell the cards anymore.

The fundraiser has now made over $5,300 dollars, surpassing the $800 goal by far and more than enough to fund Bruce’s surgery.

“I want to thank everyone for all of their love and support for my baby and his fur baby,” Kimberly wrote on GoFundMe. “Bruce is now home with his family. He is doing great but still in recovery.”


After the sweet gesture of the little boy went viral weeks ago, there have been some inspiring updates.

According to WSLS, Pokémon Company in Bellevue, Washington employees heard about the heartwarming gesture so they decided to reward Bryston by sending him free cards to make up for the ones he sold.

They didn’t send away just any cards but rare ones that are hard to find in stores.

“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,” they wrote in a letter, according to WSLS.

Pokemon cards originally became famous in the late 90s have seen a huge surge in new popularity recently, and rare cards are now at their peak value (to the point where department stores have reportedly had to protect themselves from overzealous fans.) 

This little boy’s collection now is more valuable than ever and his beloved dog is now safe and sound with him, that is what matters.

“He has more vaccine appointments, but he’s doing great, like amazing,” Kimberly told WSLS.

“I’m happy he’s home, and I’m proud of myself,” Bryson said. “Now my brother and sister are playing with him too, and now I’m really playing with him pretty often.”

Thank you little boy for showing how humans should be.

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