Happy birthday, Duane “Dog” Chapman! We are celebrating by taking a look back at the most epic love story ever between him and his wife, Beth. Scroll through the gallery below to see all the lovey dovey moments.
Beth and Dog met for the first time in 1988 after she got in trouble with the law. Beth was in a grocery store when she got a call from her boss. She stepped out holding a lemon and got caught accidentally shoplifting. She also was carrying an unregistered, unlicensed gun in her pocket. On top of that, she had an arrest warrant for unpaid parking tickets.
In his book, Dog spilled what it was like to meet his future wife to the first time, even though there was a 16 year age gap between them. “I was never one of those older guys who went for the young girls.”
The TV personality proposed to Beth for the first time in Las Vegas in 2005. “If time wasn’t a factor, I would have married her in a tacky Vegas chapel that night,” he wrote in You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide.
The blonde beauty revealed in September 2017 that she was diagnosed with throat cancer. “My husband and children are counting on me to be there for years to come,” she wrote at the time. “I am so very grateful to be surrounded by family and friends who have given me incredible support during this very challenging time.”
“I’m here every moment I can be for her,” he exclusively told In Touch. “I’ve never had to go through anything like this in my entire life. Beth is strong as a bull. But I’m like … I think I’m in a bad dream and I need to wake up. People keep saying to me, ‘Dog, are you OK? But I’m not the one who’s sick.’”