Sylvester Stallone, best known for his role in Rocky, posted the sweetest tribute to his dog Butkus on Instagram.
“When I was 26, totally broke, going nowhere very fast, owned two pairs of pants that barely fit, shoes that had holes in them, and dreams of being successful were as far away as the sun…” writes the 70-year-old.
BUTKUS, my best friend and confidante, always laughed at my jokes and put up with my moods, and was the only living thing who loved me for who I was!”
Do you have a tissue in your hand already? Wait a minute, because there’s more. For Stallone and his doggie, 1971 was a trying year. “We were both skinny, hungry, and living in a flophouse above a subway station; I used to joke that this apartment had… Hot and cold running roaches.”
“When things got worse, I had to sell him for $40 in front of a 7-Eleven because I couldn’t afford food; then, by a modern-day miracle, the screenplay for Rocky sold, and I was able to buy him back, but the new owner knew I was desperate, and charged me $15,000… He was totally worth it!”
Butkus even got to star in the first two films before his death in 1981. Rocky won an Oscar, and the two never divorced.