Sylvester Stallone Once Sold His Dog When He Was Broke, Then Bought Him Back For $15,000

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On Thursday, actor Sylvester Stallone, 70, posted two photos on his Instagram page from back in the day of him and his old dog Butkus. In the captions, Stallone shares a story that is sad and heart-warming all at once.

The first picture shows Stallone bending down and hugging his smiling best friend. The caption reads: “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!”

The second picture shows Butkus as a little puppy sitting on Stallone’s lap. In the caption, Stallone gives us more insight into how deep his relationship with Butkus really was.

“There was not much to do except spend time with each other and that’s where I started to learn the craft of screenwriting. Since I never went out, I relied on his companionship, And actually it was his idea to write Rocky, but don’t tell anyone.”

1971… Since we're on the subject of " man's best friend" this is myself and Butkus as a puppy , we were both , thin , hungry and living in a flophouse above a subway stop, I used to say this apartment had " … 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. Since I never went out, I relied on his companionship , And actually it was his idea to write Rocky, but don't tell anyone…. Years later when things got even worse I had to sell him for $40 in front of a 7-Eleven store,because I couldn't afford food, then like A modern day miracle, the screenplay for Rocky sold, and I could buy and buy him back, but the new owner knew I was desperate, and charged me $15,000 … He was worth every penny! #New York City #HellsKitchen #BullMastiff #It'sADogsWorld. #MoreToCome#inspiration #ThunderingYourHeart #GoingThedistance

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Stallone then revealed that at one point in his life, he was so hungry and poor that he sold Butkus for $40.

But after “Rocky” was extremely successful, he tracked down the person he had sold Butkus to and asked for him back.

“The new owner knew I was desperate, and charged me $15,000,” wrote in the caption. “He was worth every penny!”

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Growing up, Ashley always had a passion for writing. After receiving her Bachelor's in Journalism from Stony Brook University, she now uses that passion to write about the thing she loves most in this world: animals! When she isn't writing, you can find her curled up on the couch with a kindle in her hands and her Guinea Pigs on her lap.