Bonnie Chapman, the biological daughter of Dog The Bounty Hunter and Beth Chapman, is dealing with another blow to her life after a house fire destroyed her belongings and resulted in the deaths of her six pets.
Although Bonnie said her “heart is obliterated,” one of the few silver linings was that she was able to save the ashes of her late mother.
Bonnie told TMZ she was at work on Tuesday when she got a call explaining that her Virginia home was on fire. She immediately packed up her things and headed toward the rental home.
“I thought maybe it was a mistake, maybe it was the house next to us,” she said.
After getting into her neighborhood, it was clear that her house was ablaze and her life was literally in ruins. Her pets — which included three cats, a dog, a gecko and a pet snake — all died of smoke inhalation.
“I lost some of the photos from my mother and some of the belongings of hers, but I was able to salvage some of them,” she said. “I was able to salvage the ashes I have of my mother. That was one of my main worries.”
Beth passed in June 2019 following a lengthy battle with throat cancer.
In the aftermath of the fire, Bonnie plans to remember her animals with cremation rings or by commissioning artwork of them.
While the fire is clearly devastating, Bonnie is finding solace in the fact that Beth and her favorite cat, named Plum, can now be together.
“I hope my mom is happy to have Plum with her because that cat helped her thru everything,” Bonnie said.
On April 28, Bonnie spoke about the fire and her pets on Instagram, saying they “passed swiftly and without injury.”
“On the evening of April 25th, my furry family joined my mother in heaven. My mother loved my pets, and I know she is showering them with love. My heart is obliterated,” she wrote. “To know they passed without me will hang with me for the rest of my life. I gave all of them a wonderful life filled with treats, salmon, long nature walks, steak, chicken, and endless nights filled with cuddling.”
She later added, “I cherished every moment I spent with these babies and am devastated that I wasn’t able to save them. I would have given my life for any of them. They were my reason to live in my darkest moments. Each and every one of them will be remembered. Until we meet again, my babies, I miss you all with every fiber of my being. Thank you for the memories and love. Rest in peace.”