Bryson Kliemann loves his Pokémon card collection, but when he found out that his beloved pup, Bruce, was sick and may not survive, the 8-year-old went out of his way to save his best friend. In Lebanon, Virginia, he set up a roadside stall with a sign saying “4 Sale Pokémon”.
Bruce, an adorable Lab mix puppy, joined the family in March and quickly became friends with Bryson.
“My son has been asking for a dog for a long time, but we rented our house and that meant we weren’t allowed to have pets. When we decided to buy our house, he knew we could get a dog so he was super excited, “Bryson’s mom, Kimberly Woodruff, told TODAY.
Weeks later, Bruce contracted Parvo, a highly contagious and sometimes fatal virus of the stomach and small intestine. According to the American Kennel Club, puppies can be exposed to the virus through infected dogs, sniffing infected feces, or indirectly from people handling infected dogs or contaminated objects like a food bowl or leash. Puppies are given a series of three vaccinations to protect them from the virus, but are most susceptible to the virus between six weeks and six months of age.
In early May, Bruce showed many of the symptoms, including lethargy and weight loss. The little pup was seriously ill and lost five pounds between May 3rd and May 4th, according to Woodruff.
She worried that Bruce wouldn’t survive.