Every day I hear my wife yell at our bloodhound, Georgia.
She’s usually trying to get into the trash, or lick the dirty dishes in the sink (Georgia, not my wife) to warrant the high pitched yell. And don’t get me wrong, it is a warranted. Having a dog can be a daily test of your patience. If it’s not that, then there’s the shedding, the slobber, the fact that our couches are now Georgia’s couches.
Having a dog can be a daily test of your patience. But I wouldn’t trade her for anything. I love that dog.
Which is why a recent Instagram post by Sylvester Stallone hit me in just the right spot today, so I thought I’d share it with you.
Sylvester writes of this picture:
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I absolutely love pictures like this. 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! #man's best friend#BullMastiff #Loyalty #NewYorkCity#AmericanDreams
I’m not crying. You’re crying.
Sly posted another photo after this one that showcased just how much he loved his dog, Butkus.
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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
Can you imagine? Being in such a tough spot? So hungry and poor that you are forced to sell your only real companion? I can’t. I could never imagine being in that spot where I would give up Georgia. But if I had to… you better believe I’d also pay anything to get her back. Even if it was 375 times what I sold her for.
You’re awesome Sly. Thanks for sharing! And if you’re reading this… do something special for your pup today to let them know how much you appreciate their love and companionship.