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Kasich Helped Bury Supporter’s Dog

June 3, 1999

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) _ Would-be presidents have done lots of unusual things on the campaign trail in New Hampshire. But Rep. John Kasich probably is the first to dig a grave _ for a dog.

Linda Kaiser accidentally ran over her dog, Magic, a 13-year-old black Shetland sheepdog, as she hurried to get some last-minute things for a coffee chat she was hosting for the Ohio Republican at her Amherst home May 1.

``I started backing up and I heard this little thump, and I got out of my car and there he was,″ Kaiser said in a telephone interview Thursday. ``He looked at me and then he died.″

Kaiser said she stashed Magic’s body in the barn and covered him with a towel.

When he heard what had happened, Kasich took Kaiser outside and asked if she wanted to cancel the gathering. Not a chance, she said.

The Republican presidential candidate lingered until all the guests had left, then said it was time to tend to Magic.

``I’m not leaving here without burying this dog because if I do my wife will divorce me after she kills me,″ Kaiser said Kasich told her when she protested his offer to help.

And so Kasich and Kaiser’s husband, Christopher, grabbed shovels from the barn and dug a grave for Magic.

``I don’t know if I would see the other candidates doing that,″ she said. ``When you watch them on television, they always seem so busy. He wasn’t too busy.″

That Kasich is keen for canines should come as no surprise to anyone who visits his campaign Internet site, which prominently displays photos of his dog, Penny Bird.