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In a May 2020 interview with PEOPLE, Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman opens up about his recent engagement to his girlfriend, Francie Frane, and how he feels as though his late wife, Beth, would approve.
After losing his wife of 13 years to throat cancer in 2019, Dog is ready to take on the next chapter of his life, and he believes she would approve.
“If Beth was here, and saw Francie and saw to how she was raised, her morality and this and that, Beth would say, ‘Big daddy, don’t lose her,” Dog said in his interview with People.
Dog continued in the interview to explain that he needs a partner and that there will never be another “Mrs. Dog.” He admits he’ll never forget Beth, however, he has to get out there to recover from his loss, and he hopes his story will help others heal as well. He shares that he doesn’t feel as though he was looking for a replacement because that’s impossible to do
“You can never find one. I’m learning that right now,” he said.
Dog popped the question to his girlfriend, Francie, over the weekend of May 2. While they were at their home in Colorado, Dog got down on one knee, in a candlelit room, and presented a ring box while asking her to spend the rest of their lives together.
Just a week before the proposal, Dog took to social media to profess his love for her saying, “I LOVE YOU WOMAN!!”
Dog and Francie connected when he reached out to the Frane residence, inquiring about landscaping work. Francie’s late husband Bob used to do yardwork for the Chapmans. Francie answered the call and shared that her husband, Bob, had recently passed away from cancer. Dog’s wife Beth had also recently passed away from cancer. Over time, they began to form a friendship through their shared grief and recovery and it eventually lead to a romantic relationship.
Since going public with their romance, Dog and Francie have shared special moments in their relationship with fans on their social media accounts.
Francie shared a photo of Dog learning how to work and drive a tractor, captioning the post, “Let’s see if we can show this bounty hunting tough guy how to run some equipment, like us country folks do!!”
Dog and Francie shared a sweet moment with a picturesque background of nature’s rolling hills and a blue cloudy sky, while the two lovebirds are walking hand in hand with a bulldog named Lola.
After losing their spouses, we’re glad to see that Dog and Francie have found comfort and love with each other. We wish them nothing but happiness.
Watch the video below of them fishing together, joking and laughing about who was going to catch a bigger fish.