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8-year-old sells Pokemon card collection to save his puppy named Bruce

[June 7, 2021: Steve Rogers]

Online retailer Troll and Toad ( recently gave Lebanon, Va. 8-year-old Bryson Kliemann a big surprise after learning he was forced to sell his treasured collection of Pokéman cards in order to save his pet puppy “Bruce.”

Bryson Kliemann’s efforts to save “Bruce” went viral in May after photographs of him with a roadside sign advertising his cards for sale were shared all over social media, and were the subject of news coverage in his hometown.

“Bruce” had been diagnosed with Parvo – a virus deadly to young dogs. Treatment for the puppy was $700, a bill the family could not easily afford.

Bryson, an avid player and collector of the popular Pokémon trading card game, was able to raise the funds and save “Bruce” – paying for the costly treatment his family could not easily afford.


In a conversation between Bryson’s parents about the cost of treatment, Bryce managed to overhear bits of it and decided to take action himself.

“That’s how he came up with the idea that he was going to help,” said Bryson’s mother, Kimberly Woodruff. But when her son shared his plan to sell his Pokémon cards, she told him not to worry and said that they would find a way to pay for the treatment no matter what.”

After school, Bryson set up a table outside his home in Lebanon, Virginia, and eventually garnered a crowd of neighbors who were interested in his collection.


“When I heard the story about Bryson and his puppy, I knew right away Troll and Toad needed to do something to help out,” said Troll and Toad President Shawn Gambel.

The Pokémon Co. store in Seattle decided to send Bryson cards to make up for the ones he sold. They sent Bryson $420 worth of Pokémon cards and boxes to help him restart his collection. Troll and Toad is one of the world’s largest online marketplaces for collectible card games and trading card games.

It also carries a massive inventory of role playing games, board games, miniatures games, game accessories and jigsaw puzzles.

“Bryson’s selfless decision to sell his Pokémon collection in order to save his loyal companion is the kind of thing we need more of in this world,” Gambel said. “I hope our gift to him helps him restart his collection and brings him years of gaming enjoyment.”

For the past 25 Years, TrollAndToad.Com has been the home for all things games. The love for TCG’s, CCG’s, board games, and more runs deep and we continue to strive and improve to give our customers the best, fastest, and easiest shopping experience possible.


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