Dog Chapman wants to make the effort to get healthier for his fiancee. He has already beaten one addiction.
After Dog the Bounty Hunter aka Duane Chapman, 68, lost his wife Beth Chapman to cancer in 2019, he found love again with Francie Frane, who helped him through his grief. Frane, who has been a positive light in his life, has continued helping him through the difficult parts of life.
Chapman has had a hard life, including being jailed. His work as a bounty hunter is not an easy one either. Moreover, the bounty hunter once also faced addiction and beat it. He used to be addicted to crack and left it many years ago. However, there's another habit that he is still trying to beat. It can be a health risk and the person who is helping him through this journey is Frane.
She wants the best for him and has publicly talked about her mission to make him quit smoking. "What do you think is going to be most helpful in getting Dog to let go of his remaining unhealthy habits, his natural tendencies?" Dr. Mehmet Oz had asked her during an episode of The Dr. Oz Show, as per People.
"Well, in fact, we all don't like change, especially when it comes to things that we have relied on for such a long time. And so my tactic is love and encouragement," Frane explained. "I need him around for the next 20 years at least, so I just keep telling him that." Her words confirm that they see a long future together and there could soon be a 6th Mrs.Chapman.
"I feel like when people are constantly picking at us, that it makes us do the opposite — [it makes us] want to do it, continue to do it more, because we don't want to be picked at all the time," she continued. "It's reverse psychology, maybe, and loving him out of cigarettes."
The 68-year-old also wants to do his best for her. "Well, I'm still smoking the first time in my whole life, about 5-6 a day. I'm studying this, there are certain things that set me off to smoke. For instance, after I eat, or in the morning when I drink coffee, I'm at that point now, but I have never, Doc, since I was 12 had only four or five cigarettes a day," he explained. "I'm almost completely there and believe this or not, and I love you, but it's not why I'm saying it. I don't want to disappoint you and I don't want to disappoint my Francie. That right there will overcome anything. I'm using all those antidotes to be able to say, 'Yeah, I'm smoke-free, I quit smoking,'" he told Dr. Oz, as per Nicki Swift.
Frane, 52, a rancher in Colorado, has become an integral part of his life and has started accompanying him during bounty hunts. "I know she's a hunter. Her and her two sons have hunted bow hunt, so they track, they look for things that the prey leaves behind. And so she's kind of a natural," Chapman told People. "She just fit right in. She started getting leads and writing them down, so there's more than just tracking and hunting," he added, noting "the investigation behind the investigation."
"And she's really, really good at that," he said.
The bounty hunter's relationship with Frane had been a whirlwind one until their engagement. They met after Beth's passing. Frane had also lost her husband a few months before Beth died. The friendship between Chapman and Frane grew into love and they got engaged in March 2020, only 10 months after Beth's death.
"I wasn't expecting it at all," Frane said. "I think I had gone to pick up some food and then when I came back he had all the lights turned down with just a few lights on and a bunch of candles lit," she added. "So when I came in I was like, 'Wow, this is awesome,'" Frane said. "Then he said, 'Come in, sit down because I need to talk to you.' And he got down on one knee and he opened the ring box and he said, 'Will you marry me and spend the rest of our lives together?'"
The couple is waiting for the coronavirus-related restrictions to end so they can tie the knot. "I would love to have the biggest wedding there's ever been," the Dog's Most Wanted star said. "I'm sorry but that's just me. I hope I can talk Francie into it and open it to my fans, the 'Dog Pound,' to everybody," he said. "It would be one hell of a party and it's just what people need right now," the reality star added.