Dog the Bounty Hunter is dating Colarado rancher Francie Frane as he finds love again: 'Beth would approve'
Dog the Bounty Hunter is in love with a new woman and has the blessing of his family.
Dog whose real name is Duane Chapman is seen smiling into a camera with his arm wrapped around his new girlfriend Francie Frane, 51, who is a rancher hailing from Colorado. Chapman's daughter Lyssa and a close family friend Robinson shared that they could not be happier for the new couple.
They also revealed that Chapman is very much swept up with Frane, The Sun reports. The pair have been dating for a few months and had met after Chapman had called Frane's husband, Bob, to do some yard work at his home in Colorado.
Frane had to break the unfortunate news that Bob had passed away several months before Chapman's wife, Beth, died from cancer last June. The couple had started out by talking on the phone and had become increasingly close. They are helping each other deal with the immense grief of losing their loved ones, Lyssa added.
"They are both so happy together and they are good for each other. Francie has been very respectful to all the kids — and to Beth's memory — and my dad is the same way with Bob and their children. They go to church three times a week and dad is trying to give up smoking — she is a good woman for my dad," Lyssa revealed.
"He's the happiest I've seen him in a long time - he's so in love and wants to spend the rest of his life with Francie. They are both lost their spouses to cancer so they know what it's like to go through that and they are helping each other through it," she continued.
"Beth would approve — I honestly believe that Beth sent Francie for my dad — I feel like Beth and Bob are up there watching down over them," Lyssa said. The news comes after Chapman's family had a big falling out with him over his previous girlfriend, Moon Angell.
Angell had been a friend of Beth's who had also dated Chapman's son. At the time of their relationship, Lyssa had got candid along with her sister Cecily and had accused Angell of moving in a bit too quickly on Chapman while he still grieved Beth.
Before Beth had passed, she had also warned the children about Angell's motives and intentions. Angell and Chapman had broken up many weeks ago. Since then, the family has ended their feud and has reunited together.
Another one of Beth's friends, Bondswoman Rainy, shared that she definitely supports Chapman's relationship with Frane. "I saw Dog go through a lot of stuff for the last two years — it was very difficult. He walked Beth right to the edge of life and did everything he was supposed to do," she said.
"Then we get into 'Moon-gate', which was a problem for all of us, mostly because my best friend gave us all warnings about her, saying 'Don't let her near my husband'. The kids lost their mother. And in many ways they felt like they lost her father," she added.
"So when he told me about Francie and how their path's crossed — I started looking into her and I thought 'wow she's not too bad at all'. Then I spoke to her and the first thing she said to me was 'I will always treat these kids with respect and honor and I will always honor their mother'. Then she told me that she wants to help me with the scholarship program I set up as a memorial for Beth, which was really nice."
"I spoke to Dog and I have never heard him this happy, he was crying happy. Then I spoke to her and she was the same crying about how much she cares about him," Rainy revealed.