Dog the Bounty Hunter plans to marry rancher girlfriend Francie Frane, says she’ll be 'the last Mrs Chapman'
The relationship has been met with approval by Dog's family, who were bitterly opposed to his dalliance with his late wife Beth's friend Moon Angell
Dog the Bounty Hunter is planning to tie the knot with his Colorado rancher girlfriend Francie Frane. Terming Frane a “miracle”, Dog, real name Duane Chapman, told The Sun that though there will "never be another Mrs Dog" -- referring to his late wife Beth who died of cancer in 2019 -- he wants Frane to be "the last Mrs Chapman."
This comes soon after Dog’s family approved of their relationship. Chapman's daughter Lyssa and a close family friend Rainy Robinson earlier shared that they could not be happier for the new couple. “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.
She continued: "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.”
Talking about the new development, the American reality TV star said, “It's going really good. It's a God relationship because it's just like a miracle. It's a miracle how we met and it's a miracle how great we're getting along."
Chapman, 67, and the 51-year-old have been dating for a few months and met through Frane's husband, Bob, who used to do yardwork for the TV personality. Bob died from cancer just a few months before Beth passed away in June 2019.
Since then, the couple started talking on the phone and have become close as they help each other with the immense grief of losing their loved ones. “I know that when I start to feel bad about Beth and it's overwhelming, Francie seems to show up and that helps the kids. And I feel that Beth expects her to show up to take care of me,” Chapman said.
“And Bob, Francie's late husband, expects me to be a man and a gentleman and so I am. It's a very real love that we are developing with each other. Both of us are allowed to talk about our spouses that are in Heaven - it's not like we're afraid to mention it or anything like that.
“We console each other but we also know that we have a responsibility and that is to do this right. There are a lot of people watching us. But throughout the coronavirus which is affecting us all right now, love is prevailing. And that's how we feel,” Chapman continued.
He also added that as a couple they are taking “this day by day, step by step - big steps come in pairs, little steps come in bunches”.
“So that's how we're handling it and how we're doing it."
The former bail bondsman also revealed that moving on from Beth’s memories with whom he spent nearly 30 years was not easy. He insisted that no woman will ever replace her, but said, “There will never be another Mrs Dog but it looks like there will be a final Mrs Chapman."
The news of Chapman and his ‘miracle’ girlfriend’s soon-to-happen wedding comes after he had a big falling out with his family over his previous girlfriend, Moon Angell. Angell was Beth’s friend and also had a relationship with Chapman's son. At the time of their relationship, both of Chapman’s daughters, Lyssa and Cecily, were not happy and had hit out at the relationship, claiming Angell had moved in too fast on their dad. According to reports, before Beth passed, she had also warned the children about Angell's motives and intentions.