John McCain’s Widow Reveals New Details about the ‘Devastating’ Death of Their Family Dog Burma

Cindy McCain, the wife of the late American Politician and military officer, Senator John McCain, recently revealed how her late husband’s dog, Burma, died last month in Arizona, after getting his head stuck in a pipe on the family property near Sedona. 

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever’s death was publicized last month and described as a freak drowning mishap. Cindy shared the flashback with the Arizona Republic saying:

“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 got stuck,”

Cindy said of Burma that:

“She drowned, and eventually, her body came out the other end of the pipe. It's devastating. She was John’s dog, period, and so what makes me feel better is I know she’s with him now.” 

Burma seldom left the late senator’s side during his final year at the couple’s home in Cornville. Together, they retrieved toys, sticks and roamed around the property located west of the red rocks of Sedona. 

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203 days. It feels like forever and simultaneously like no time at all. I had a dream none of this happened and we were laughing our faces off by the grill and drinking vodka while you were seasoning ribs with Mom, Bridget and Jimmy on the deck. Everyone was happy and laughing - like it was absurd I had ever conceived of a world without you in it, and I had never heard the word “glioblastoma”. People say I talk about you too much and it makes them angry... I'm never going to stop talking about you. I’m not ashamed of the pain, or the intensity of grief, or our bond, or how we’re so much alike it freaks your friends out at dinner - or the fact that I still can’t listen to The Beach Boys. The day before you died I went on a hike alone across the creek in the canyon and begged God not to take you home. I still don’t understand what he was thinking.

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After John’s death, his beloved sidekick returned to his bed, where she delved into the blankets as the nation began to memorialize him with a week of services in Phoenix, Washington, D.C., and Maryland. 

According to Rick Davis, who is a long-time family friend and member of the McCain family circle, Burma stayed without John on the bed for three days. Rick was also generous to assist with planning of the memorial services.

Daughter of the 2008 GOP presidential nominee and current co-host of ABC's The View, Meghan McCain shared a picture of John and Burma on Instagram that the dog "was absolutely and truly devoted to him." 

She captioned the picture saying:

“Every time I think my heart can’t be broken any further...our dog Burma was my fathers birthday present years ago and was absolutely and truly devoted to him. 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. 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.” 

John McCain spent the last year of his life with beloved Burma. He died on the 25th of August, 2018 four days before his 82nd birthday after battling with brain cancer. Following his death, McCain lay in state in the Arizona State Capitol building and then in the United States Capitol rotunda.

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I miss you the most on Sundays.

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Lots of people watched his funeral service which held at the Washington National Cathedral, live with former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama giving eulogies.