The Bounty Hunter Welcomes Another Grandchild
Bounty hunter and reality show star Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman is a grandfather once again. With his dangerous job and tough-as-nails persona, it may be difficult to think of him as Grandpa, but this is actually his fourteenth. Instead of a rocking chair or some other stereotypical image, just think black suits, big SUVs and mace.
Actually Dog is just one example of the changing image of grandparenting. Many older people are quite active, and continue to work in their respective fields. Chapman first found fame after the capture of fugitive Andrew Luster. He had actually been in the bounty hunter business for years before that. His arrest by authorities in Mexico for not turning Luster over to them turned out to be a boon for his career. It led to the TV show Dog the Bounty Hunter on the A&E Network, and the expansion of his bail bonds business.
Chapman’s daughter Lyssa gave birth to a baby girl she named Madalynn Grace Galanti. The baby was born on Friday August 7, in Honolulu, Hawaii. The baby weighed six pounds, 15 ounces at birth. Lyssa Chapman-Galanti has a seven-year old daughter, Abbie Mae. She is also stepmother to her husband’s four-year old daughter. In fact, she is a licensed bounty hunter as well and works with her father.
The hit series was temporarily derailed after Champan was caught on tape using racial slurs. A&E stopped production in November 2007. He apologized and received support from the show’s fans as well minority leaders.
Here’s to “Dog” and all the other rocking Grandpas out there. I imagine that this baby will have a lot of love right from the get go. Congratulations to mom Lyssa Chapman-Galanti on the birth of her daughter. Dog frequently talks about his love for his family on his show. This new granddaughter will be yet another chance for him to show that love.