John McCain’s Pup Died in Freak Accident—Cause of Death Revealed

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The pet dog of the late Republican Sen. John McCain died in April after a freak accident on the McCain family’s northern Arizona property.

“It’s weird—she had never done this before—she ran into a pipe. You know, we have a series of ponds on our property … and she ran into the pipe and she got stuck,” Cindy McCain told The Arizona Republic. “She drowned, and eventually, her body came out the other end of the pipe.

The Chesapeake Bay retriever, Burma, was a birthday present to the Arizona senator and was “absolutely and truly devoted to him,” according to his daughter Meghan McCain.

“She would never leave his side, followed him around every single step when he would walk around our ranch, slept by his side every night and we always said Chesapeake bay retrievers were the most affectionate breed of dogs,” Meghan McCain tweeted in April. “The love this dog gave him was equal to a family member. I love you Burma and hope you’re in heaven jumping into creeks, chasing sticks and fish with Dad.”

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Thank you for these @jhause – ♥️ forever to my dads dog Burma. You brought us all so much love and joy.

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John McCain died in August 2018 after a battle with a highly malignant form of brain cancer, after serving a nearly six-decade-long career in public service. 

“It’s devastating,” Cindy McCain continued. “She was John’s dog, period, and so what makes me feel better is I know she’s with him now.”

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