Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone, best known for his role as Rocky Balboa In the movie of the same name, just shared a beautiful tribute to his late dog, Butkus. In his tribute to his dog, he recalled being poor at age 26 with only two pairs of pants that barely fit, damaged shoes, and his dreams of being successful. At that time, it seemed impossible.
But despite all that, he still had something very precious, and that was his dog, Butkus. He recalled that Butkus was his best friend, the only one who laughed at his jokes and put up with his moods. And even though he used to be poor, Butkus was always there for him.
Things got so bad for the Hollywood actor that he was forced to sell his wife’s jewelry. Both he and his dog were thin and hungry. They lived in a flophouse above a subway stop, and that apartment had many roaches.
Both of them were running out of money to afford both rent and food. That was when Stallone was left with no choice but to sell his only best friend and companion for $40. He sold him to someone in front of a 7-Eleven store to buy food.
Like a miracle, the screenplay for Rocky that Stallone wrote was sold, and a movie was made with him as the leading cast. With the money he earned from the film, he was able to buy Butkus back. Though it cost him 35,000 dollars to repurchase his dog, he knew it was worth every penny.
And from then on, things became good for both of them. The movie, Rocky, earned the Oscar for Best Picture, which made Stallone famous to this day. Butkus was featured in the series’s first two movies as the protagonist’s dog and kept his name. Butkus later died in 1981.
Through thick and thin, Butkus was always there for his buddy; no wonder he is always in the heart of his owner.