She’s looking at the bright side. Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman is blown away by his wife’s incredible ability to stay positive amid her ongoing battle with cancer. Beth Chapman has managed to keep her sense of humor despite the major hardships she’s facing, and Dog tells In Touch magazine exclusively that he’s in awe of the strong woman he married.

“She’s still trying to get involved in my bounties and business,” Dog exclusively revealed to In Touch magazine. “She’s trying to still advise me on my work, and I’m like, ‘Honey, I was Dog the Bounty Hunter before I met you, stay out of it!’ And she woke up the other night and told me, ‘You’re so damn stupid, if I die you’re going to lose the farm,’ and I said, ‘Beth, we don’t have a farm.'”

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Beth, 51, and Dog, 65, have been happily married for 12 years, but their memories go far beyond that, as they’ve been head-over-heels about each other for over 30 years. Sadly, the couple recently endured some very heartbreaking news. On Nov. 28, Beth discovered that her cancer is back after having emergency throat surgery. Beth had previously been cancer-free for over a year, but she only had a 50/50 shot at beating the stage 2 throat cancer the first time, so it could be an uphill battle for Beth at this point.

This time, the “life-threatening blockage” in Beth’s throat was twice as big, and the cancer has reportedly spread to her lungs now. Beth recently underwent a biopsy, and the couple will soon decide on the best course of treatment with their doctors, while also considering alternate forms of therapy. No matter what, Dog will be sticking by her side every step of the way.

“I am going to be right there with her,” Dog tells In Touch magazine. “First thing when she woke up from the [latest] surgery, she said, ‘Where’s the Dog?’ and the nurse was confused, she said, ‘Did she bring her dog with her?’ and I said, ‘Yes, ma’am.’ I’m here every moment I can be for her.”

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