Dog The Bounty Hunter is staying true to his marriage vows.
Earlier this year, Beth Chapman was diagnosed with stage 2 throat cancer. As his wife fights the illness, Duane “Dog” Chapman continues to be her number one supporter.
The 64-year-old reality star explained to People:
“When we made a pledge many years ago. I said I’d love her in sickness and in health until death do us part. And that truth has really, really come alive in my mind. And I have to stand on that; I gave her an oath that I would love her forever. And thank God it’s not till death do us part at this point.”
Since Beth had surgery to remove the tumor in her throat, Dog has stood by her side amid an arduous recovery process.
Their struggle, which will be documented on an upcoming A&E special, Dog and Beth: Fight of Their Lives, has changed aspects of their relationship — specifically, Dog’s trivial complaints. He explained:
“If I have a pain ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ like a back pain or something ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ I don’t tell her anymore. My little pains are nothing compared to what she’s going through. I don’t want anybody to feel sorry for me, because I’m not the one who has it. I just want our fans to say prayers for Beth.”
And the prayers are coming, to Dog’s delight. Since Beth’s diagnosis, the couple has received overwhelming encouragement from fans who reached out. Beth revealed:
“I’ll have people come to me and tell me that they had cancer, or that a loved one had it. Everyone has been affected by this disease.”
Dog pointed out that Beth’s recent health concerns have really shown how dedicated their fanbase is, adding:
“We’ve been on TV for 14 years. We travel all over the country, and fans used to be like, ├óΓé¼╦£Dog! We love you Dog!’ But now they’ll see Beth and say, ├óΓé¼╦£Beth! We love you! You’re awesome!’ Everybody wants to watch her beat this.”
That we do!
Ch-ch-check out the premiere of Dog and Beth: Fight of Their Lives on November 27 at 9 p.m. EST on A&E.
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