Their marriage could withstand anything. Dog’s Most Wanted stars Duane “Dog” Chapman and Beth Chapman had one of the sweetest celebrity love stories, and fans were constantly praising the couple for their strong relationship. Through thick and thin, sickness and health, and all of the highs and lows that came their way over the past three decades, the couple was there for each other through it all until the blonde beauty’s death in 2019.
Beth and Dog met for the first time in 1986 after she got in trouble with the law due to an awkward misunderstanding. While grocery shopping, Beth got a call from her boss. She stepped out to take the call, but was holding a lemon and got caught accidentally shoplifting. Unfortunately, she was also carrying an unregistered, unlicensed gun in her pocket. On top of that, she had an arrest warrant for unpaid parking tickets. Dog was called to help her out, and she fell in love when him immediately upon seeing him when she went to his office to fill out some paperwork.
“I thought, ‘Oh yes, he will be mine. Let the stalking begin now,'” she said in an A&E interview. “But I knew on that day that the only way I was going to win this man’s heart was if I could somehow try to figure out how to spend time with him so he could get to know me. So, I immediately went down and took the bail bonds test and became a bail bondsman. Because I knew that if I wrote a whole bunch of bad bail, that the bounty hunter would have to come and sit in my office so he could go and chase my fugitives. So, I wrote all this bad bail so I could spend more time with him, and it worked.”
Dog admitted in his book that the 16-year age gap between them was originally a deterrent. “I was never one of those older guys who went for the young girls,” he said. Plus, he was married at the time. Though it took them a while to get together, they were in love for more than 30 years and finally got married in 2006.
The couple had a long and happy marriage despite their trials and tribulations — the greatest of which was Beth’s battle with throat cancer, which began when she was first diagnosed in 2017. Sadly, she succumbed to the disease in 2019.
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Beth’s legacy lives on with Dog and their family.
Scroll through the gallery below to see all the sweetest moments Beth and Duane shared during their time together.
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