I was surprised to hear that Bravo’s TV sensation from the mid 00s Dog The Bounty Hunter (The Bounty Hunter – I know you said it in that voice too) was still happily hunting the bad guys alongside his faithful wife Beth, but it turns out that that was exactly what he’s been doing since we last heard from him though.
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Not any more though, as Dog recently announced his retirement from bounty hunting after it was revealed that Beth was suffering from stage two throat cancer. Instead, the pair will star in A & E’s two part special entitled ‘Dog and Beth: Fight of Their Lives’.
Beth said the following about her illness:
I’m lucky to be sharing Thanksgiving with my family, and I’m lucky to be here for these holidays. You take it day by day and you don’t try to take on more than you can handle.
I’ve tried to cut stress seriously out of my diet. It really does bad things to you. My voice is not strong all the time, it comes and goes sometimes and sometimes it just stops.
It was a very scary situation. It was hard to wake up every day and know you still have it, it’s still in your body, cancer is alive and well inside me and that wasn’t a good place to be.
I had a hard time sleeping, I would wake up and just look at him sleeping thinking, ‘How is he ever going to make it without me? How will he find his car keys.’ He doesn’t think about those things.
I think the real reason why we shared it is because our fans have lived through a lot of stuff with us. Dating way back to 2003 when my husband caught Andrew Luster, to 2005 when they tried to extradite him back to Mexico, the death of my father, the death of my daughter, our wedding, baby Lyssa’s wedding, they’ve been our fans through thick and thin and this wasn’t something you could hide.
This wasn’t like a family breakup or family riff, this was something far more serious that could have had fatal ramifications. You can’t hide it.
I felt like our fans have been so loyal to us that we really owed it to share it with them, so that if I could be a blessing to even one person, help one person get early detection, then we really owed it to them to show the struggle and show that you can make it, you can get through it, you just need to have a positive attitude.
Times have changed. We live in a different world. People have a different respect for law enforcement, which is quite saddening.
A lot of people don’t have a respect for the judicial system and it’s causing a slight collapse of our society.
I feel like, even though I had a 50/50 chance with this surgery, Duane has a 50/50 chance every time he leaves the house and that contributes to my stress.
Will he come home alive every day that he leaves? There is a completely different mood in our country these days. There’s a big movement out there that people are trying to push the fact that people are in jail because they’re poor.
People are not in jail because they’re poor, brother, they’re in jail because they broke the law. That way of thinking could get law enforcement killed, it could get my husband killed.
I’m going through something as traumatic as what we just went through, for me a lifestyle change is in order, so we’re no longer going to be bounty hunting anymore. It’s the end of the road.
I mean like I said at the start of this, I’m not sure too many people were aware that they were still in the game as there haven’t been any new episodes since 2012, but I suppose it’s still kinda sad to hear they they’ll be retiring. Dog himself wants to stay in the law enforcement business somehow, and it’s unclear what Beth will be going into once she completes her recovery. Best of luck to them both, although I imagine we’ll be seeing them on reality TV before long with some new hook.
For more Dog The Bounty Hunter, check out when he said he was going to extradite Edward Snowden to the states. What happened with that?