Sophia July 03, 2001 - February 07, 2015
To those of you this matter concerns, I sadly announce to you all that Sophia, my gentle giant green anaconda and goddess of the moonlight, has passed away today, February 7, 2015. Those of you who knew her best came by, sometimes regularly, to spend time with us, played with and embraced her warm presence by wrestling on the sofas or attempting to stand alone with our giant friend. She taught us all valuable lessons, gave us fun memories, and brought many people together in awareness of her sweet demeanor. I raised her since she was 3 days old and enjoyed every loving moment. For yours truly, its like losing a daughter.
More than a pet or showpiece, Sophia became internationally appreciated by any one who gave her a chance to teach them about the unknown, reaching their hearts and awareness of understanding their fears.
Sophia was also a sociological and ecological message, proven by the fact that so many of you have reached me to either spend time with her and going to reptile shows or pet shops to purchase your own snakes or rescuing unwanted reptiles. I recognize all your support and I thank you all during this sad time.
For now, please enjoy "In the Light" by Led Zeppelin as we send Sophia to that very final destination. This particular song is as sexy, smooth and rolling as my great Sophia was as she posed for me magically to the rhythm of this beautiful song, more so than any other model Ive painted over the many years together. Sophia, you were my muse and daughter and I will always remember the lessons Ive learned with you. I love you always Sophie, my feather in the wind. I will chase you with all of my love, to you child. Rest "in the light" baby Sophie.
---Chuck Burnham "The Dark Ride Artist"