Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman shared a fiery old school photo of himself and his late wife Beth on Instagram on Sunday, and fans are loving it. It appears to be a promotional image from the days when the show was still on A&E, as their children in the shot are all very young kids still.
The post has drawn nearly 20,000 likes since Sunday night, and tons of comments.
“OMG, looking back on all of your precious memories. I’ve been doing that alot this holiday season. Missing him so much. Yet I know he is pain free and at peace. Dog you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers,” one wrote.
“I’ve always thought you’ve reminded me of my dad. He was a biker, tough as nails, but would give you the shirt off his back. Every time I see pictures of you I always think of him. He passed away in ‘06 and I miss him dearly everyday,” another wrote.
“Sending love and prayers this holiday season. May God bless the Chapman family with His company and comfort. I love you Dog. I love the way you loved and still always until forever love Beth. And I love the way you taught your children to love,” someone else replied.
The holidays are always a tough time for people grieving the loss of a family member, and that’s been very true for the Chapmans.
Dog shared with Entertainment Tonight how he’s keeping Beth’s memory alive this Christmas.
“Beth was old style, old-fashioned. So, you know, that means the tree and the presents. All the stockings hung up… so I’m trying to keep that exact tradition,” he said. “I’ve got it all decorated. All the stockings are hung. We always left — when the kids were young — cookies for Santa, and I think I’ll do that this year also.
“Every little ball that’s on the tree, every ornament, you know, there’s 20 years plus of ornaments on that tree, so as I hung [them], I remembered where and when we bought each one,” Dog added.
He went on to say it’s been especially hard on the girls.
“Beth knew every single [Christmas song], and she made us all listen to Christmas songs like two weeks before Christmas. As we decorated the tree, she’d put on Christmas songs. Every night before we went to bed she’d put them on,” he continued. “So I think the girls are taking it the hardest without being able to sing with mom.”