All bark, no bite

Dog the Bounty Hunter leashes up for a live show in San Antonio

Dog the Bounty Hunter leashes up for a live show in San Antonio

Dog the Bounty Hunter
The famous bounty hunter will spend an evening in the Alamo City. Photo courtesy of Duane "Dog" Chapman

Of all the evenings, this one promises to be the best evening of all: It’s “An Evening with Dog the Bounty Hunter,” and it’s coming to the Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio on Saturday, January 29, 2022.

The evening is part of a tour, which will also make a stop the previous night, Friday, January 28, 2022, at the Wyly Theatre at Dallas’ AT&T Performing Arts Center.

Duane “Dog” Chapman is the world’s most famous bounty hunter, and you’d think that would be enough.

But there is more to his story: From troubled beginnings as an ex-con facing tragedy, to triumph and transformation, Dog will recount the colorful and adventurous life that has led to becoming one of the most successful bounty hunters and recognizable television stars in American history.

One hopes he’ll also share some of his more recent adventures on the trail of Brian Laundrie, the 23-year-old Florida man who was a person of interest in the highly publicized death of Gabby Petito, the young woman found strangled to death in Wyoming in early October.

Petito and Laundrie were on a cross-county tour when she disappeared in late August. Her parents reported her missing on September 11. Laundrie, who was her fiance, went on the lam and disappeared in a Florida preserve; his remains were just found on October 20.

Impatient with the FBI’s inefficacy, Dog inserted himself into the search, even interrupting his honeymoon with new wife Francie Frane — his sixth wife, btw — to join the Brian Laundrie manhunt.

Steven Bertolino, an attorney for the Laundrie family, accused Dog of using the case to seek publicity, but that is so unfair.

As TMZ noted in early October, he was willing to wade through muddy swamp waters in his dogged search.

As TMZ reported one day later, Dog believed Laundrie was still alive because his profile did not match that of someone who is suicidal.

Alas, after injuring his ankle, Dog was forced to suspend his search in mid-October, but was still eager to find Laundrie so he could get back to that interrupted honeymoon.

Once Laundrie’s remains were found, Dog wisely called off his own search — but raised the questions that were surely on everyone’s minds about the controversial involvement of Laundrie’s parents, who found their son’s remains before experienced searchers.

Anyway, who knows if any of that will come up during this tour, but a person can hope and dream.

Tickets for the San Antonio show are on sale now.