In May, after A&E canceled Dog the Bounty Hunter's reality series after eight seasons, Duane "Dog" Chapman and wife Beth promised a new chapter in their unlikely career -- and if Saturday's block party in honor of the Denver Dog House's grand opening shows that you can't keep a good dog down.
Duane, Beth and scads of fans, plus Westword photog Christopher Morgan, turned up for the event, which had Mrs. Dog gushing.
"The turnout is spectacular," Beth said about the afternoon gathering near the Dog House's location, at 2547 Sheridan Boulevard in Edgewater, which also featured music by the Groove Hawgs. "I'm really surprised that so many people have come out. I think there's about seven or eight thousand people here and this is a really great turnout for the city of Edgewater."
"We've waited a while before we could give back to this community," she continued, referencing the Chapmans' deep Colorado roots. "We've been here a long time, and now this opportunity came around, so I'm very happy to give back."
Beth added that some of the proceeds from the event were earmarked for Edgewater-based childrens foundations. "We couldn't be happier," she noted. "We're grateful for our fans, we're grateful for the city, who has allowed us to film our TV show and sell our T-shirts here. So we just bid Edgewater a great big huge 'aloha,' We love them so much."
The love didn't stop there, as is clear from Morgan's photos from Saturday. Check them out below.
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