Duane "Dog" Chapman is on a book signing tour promoting his new book, Where Mercy Is Shown, Mercy Is Given. Crowds gathered in Rogers, Arkansas, to see Dog and his wife Beth.
Known simply as “Dog,” Duane “Dog” Chapman and his wife Beth began a book signing tour in Honolulu, HI on March 13 that concludes in Waipahu, HI on April 10. The tour promoting Dog’s latest book, Where Mercy Is Shown, Mercy Is Given, includes more than 30 stops in less than 30 days.
The book is described as:
The incredible story of struggle, redemption, and bounty hunting--which has catapulted Duane "Dog" Chapman into the hearts of millions, sparked a #1 rated television show, and inspired a #1 New York Times bestselling book--continues in Where Mercy Is Shown, Mercy Is Given.
One stop on this whirlwind tour was at Borders book store in Rogers, Arkansas on March 23. The book signing was scheduled for 9:00 p.m. and by 8:30 p.m. the store was packed. Fans were lined-up down the main aisles of the store, weaving in and out of rows between book shelves, and eventually out the side door onto the sidewalk.
Stephanie King, Sales Manager for the Rogers’ Borders, told me, “We’re expecting 500 and I couldn’t even guestimate what number are here.” King went on to explain that this stop on the tour was a “last minute add-odd.” Some speculated that the stop was added because Beth Chapman’s mother lives in nearby Bella Vista, AR.
Some in the crowd had been waiting since 4:00 p.m. for the 9:00 p.m. book signing and even late arrivals found that they were early. Chapman and company were delayed in Springfield, MO due to the larger than expected crowd there, said Carlo Rich, National Event Marketing Manager for Borders. Rich noted that the timing of this book signing was a “little later than normal,” but he was pleased that many of the stops on the tour were at Borders. He said that book signings are important to Borders because customers “get to meet authors and celebrities.”
Kids wait in the children's section of Borders for the arrival of Dog Chapman. Rogers, AR. March 23, 2010.
Marla Burger was one of the Borders’ customers waiting to catch a glimpse of Dog, and she brought her three children with her to the event. When asked why she came to the event, Burger told me:
I love Dog! There’s just something fascinating about a man that cusses like a sailor, prays before he arrests someone, and then tries to save lives in the back of his SUV. I think it’s called being who you are.
Burger’s comments coincide with an excerpt from Where Mercy Is Shown, Mercy Is Given, which reads:
"Who is going to give them the ride, Duane? Who will give them the cigarette and who will give them 'the talk'?" When the preacher posed those questions to me, I realized he was right. If not me, then who? Whether I had planned it or not, I was leading a backseat ministry, one ride at a time.
By 10:15 p.m. the crowd was growing antsy. The eclectic crowd of teachers and students, old and young, were ready to see Dog the Bounty Hunter. Young people were wearing shirts that read “Dog is My Hero” and Dog the Bounty Hunter Fan Club members had long taken their positions in a designated area near where Dog would sign books and pose for pictures with them.
Their long wait came to an end around 10:20 p.m. when Beth and Dog entered the main door of Borders with a flourish of smiles and waves. The first to greet the crowd was Beth, along with her little dog.
Beth Chapman, along with her little dog, greets fans at book signing. Rogers, AR. March 23, 2010.
There was some hooting and hollering with fans yelling “We love you, Dog,” and “Yeah, brother.” Dog then greeted the audience and asked everyone to be calm, saying “I’ve seen thousands of fans and there have been no incidents, no arrests.” He wanted to keep it that way.
Duane "Dog" Chapman greets his many fans at Borders. Rogers, AR. March 23, 2010.
Dog went on to say that I went from “a reservation, to prison, to here with you today.” And, grinning, he added that “My mother-in-law lives in this area.” With that said, Dog returned to the book signing area where Beth was at and began to sign books, shake hands, and exchange hugs with hundreds of fans well into the night.