Sylvester Stallone was penniless before he became an actor. He lived in a tiny apartment, and it was cramped quarters for him and his dog. Butkus, his dog, was just six weeks old when he acquired it. They have been inseparable ever since.
Even though their flat was small, Sylvester made sure that his dog was comfortable. Butkus was always his number one priority. He created the script for Rocky in this tiny flat. He knew he wanted to pitch this story to producers, but it was a difficult task.
Many producers had already said no, and he didn’t have enough money for meals because he didn’t have a job. So even though he adored Butkus, he was compelled to sell him for $40 out of necessity. He sold him to a man he met in a convenience shop.
When he lost his dog, his heart shattered, but he focused on his writing and swore that he would bring him back. Sylvester finished the story, and eventually, a producer gave him money to put it into a film.
When he was paid for it, the first thing he did was look for the person who had bought his dog. He returned to the convenience shop several times before he located him. Finally, he offered to purchase Butkus back.
The man realized he was anxious to have his dog, so he upped the price. He resold Butkus to Sylvester for $15,000. Sylvester did not hesitate and paid the money. All he wanted was to see his closest friend again.
When he eventually got him, he used him in his movies. Then, finally, Butkus appeared in Rocky II. They enjoyed a lot filming the movie, and Sylvester was delighted to have his puppy back. It provided him the opportunity to give Butkus the most refined life he had promised him.
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