The iconic actor Sylvester Stallone, best known for his role in Rocky, just shared the most beautiful tribute to his dog Butkus.
The 70-year-old writes: “When I was 26, totally broke, going nowhere VERY fast, owned two pair of pants that barely fit, shoes that had holes in them and dreams of being successful were as far away as the sun… But I had my dog, BUTKUS, my best friend, my confidant, who always laughed at my jokes, and put up with my moods, and was the one living thing that loved me for who I was!”
Back in 1971 Stallone and Butkus, as a puppy, were both thin, hungry and living in a flophouse above a subway stop which the actor described as having, “Hot and cold running roaches… anyway there was not much to do except spend time with each other and that’s where I started to learn the craft of screenwriting.”
When things became even worse, Stallone had to sell his precious pup for $40 to buy food.
But when his screenplay for Rocky sold, Stallone immediately bought his beloved Bullmastiff back…but for highway robbery prices–Stallone didn’t flinch a hair at the 5-figure price, saying Butkus was worth every penny.
Check out his touching tribute in the video below. Then go to the next page for an inspiring short story about Stallone, narrated by Chris Slonske that will give you deeper insight into the man and his best friend Butkus.
Go to the next page for An Inspiring Story About Sylvester Stallone.