Sylvester Stallone’s Tribute To His ‘Rocky’ Dog Is Just Beautiful

Sylvester Stallone posted a few emotional Tweets about his training partner in “Rocky” and “best friend” in real life. Do you remember the bull mastiff named Butkus? Stallone had a strong bond with the old friend and we had to grab a box of tissue for this one.

Here is Stallone when he was only 26-years-old with Butkus.

Stallone talked about how he remembers when he lived in New York City and was broke. In his own words saying “flophouse” with “hot and cold running roaches.”

Stallone said, “I relied on him for his companionship.”

Truly man’s best friend!

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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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Butkus did such a great job in the first Rocky (1976) that he made a return for Rocky II before dying in 1981.

They trained together.

This was really good times!

Watch them here in this video: