Angel of Friendship

For those who share the spirit of friendship
"Somehow our pets sense—they just know—how we feel. And totally accept us, in whatever emotional or physical state we appear. They teach us about friendship and patience and inner peace. They support us with loyalty, softness, an independent spirit and expressive gaze. It is true that animals have a sixth sense. It is the sense of love, unconditionally." —Susan Lordi
A gift to celebrate friendships. Especially nice for pet lovers!
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  • 5”h hand-painted resin figure with wire wings
  • Packaging box includes enclosure card for gift-giving
  • Dust with soft cloth or soft brush. Avoid water or cleaning solvents.
Our Story
Willow Tree sculptural art forms beautifully express love, closeness, healing, courage, hope… all the emotions of a life well lived. Artist Susan Lordi hand carves the original of each figure from her studio in Kansas City Missouri. Pieces are cast from her original carvings, and individually painted by hand. Expression is revealed through gestures only… a tilt of the head, placement of the hands, a turn of the body. The simplicity of form and absence of facial features signify Willow Tree. It is Susan’s hope that these pieces be meaningful to both giver and receiver.
The Artist

Susan Lordi

Susan Lordi has a keen observation of the human form. Inspired by dance, art history, nature, and personal experiences with family and friends, Susan uses figurative sculpture to reflect our relationship with people and the world around us. In additi on to working in sculpture, Susan has spent years making art with cloth. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Textile Design and her fiber art has been exhibited internationally. A monograph of her art textiles has been published in the Portfolio Colle ctionby Telos Art Publishing and she is featured in the book Art Textiles of the World: USA.

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  • Cambridge NZ

    Posted by Casey on Aug 8th 2017

    About 4 years ago my sweet girl, Sierra, was hit by a car. She was a beautiful weimaraner that I mostly called "sissy pants" and she was an amazing little rescue dog. My mom bought this figurine for me after she passed away and I placed it next to a framed picture of Sierra. :) My friend recently had to put her dog down due to health issues and I am buying this for her in her time of needed comfort. Its a small gesture, but I know it will help her sadness!

  • norwood ma

    Posted by Catherine on Aug 8th 2017

    I bought this angel in memory of my beautiful little man, Sparky, who passed this year, aged 14. Sparky was a gentle and loving soul who lived bravely with a number of conditions, including diabetes and Cushings. I'd cuddle him every day and he'd often rest his head on my shoulder - just like the figurine. I miss him every day and will remember him forever.

  • Tenn.

    Posted by Julia Norton on Apr 20th 2017

    My dear friend Norma gave me the beautiful Angel of Friendship that is hugging a dog. Well, how appropriate for that because Norma has our morning coffee stop that the group has nick-named "Norma's Canine Coffee Club". She is such a blessing to have as a friend and a blessing to open her home/patio to a large group for morning coffee and puppy socializing. Thank you Norma!!!

  • ciudad de México

    Posted by Amy on Apr 16th 2017

    I got my Angel of Friendship today as a birthday gift. I lost my best friend, Sugar, on March 7th, 2017 after having her for 13 and a half years. I will cherish my Willow Tree piece as a memory of my sweet puppy. Thank you so very much for making something so very special. Sincerely, Amy

  • Wareham, MA

    Posted by Grace Fanning on Apr 15th 2017

    I'm sitting here thinking about my mom right now. It''s 1:36 AM as i'm typing this, and it's only a few short hours away from losing something precious. I feel sorry for my mom. Our family dog Charlotte has been in congestive heart failure for a year and a half now. Every time she has a bad day, she seems to have 3 good ones. I'll tell you, this dog has nine lives. Speaking of nine lives, she is 9 years old. Our family has always been animal lovers, but specifically dogs. On Christmas day of 2016 my aunt had given me "The Angel of Friendship" piece. From the first time I saw it I loved it. It meant something to me, just because I knew someone recognized what dogs mean to me. So now we go back to earlier today (technically yesterday) April 14, 2017 I was lying on my couch watching Long Island Medium. If you have ever seen that show it is about a lady named Theresa Cuputo who can speak to souls that have come forward to speak to family members, friends, and loved ones. This one specifically had to do with a guy who had 3 dogs. He has always wondered if dogs go to heaven. This immediately got my attention because I had always wondered, and hoped the same thing. This guy's dad told told him his dogs were there with him. They were okay. As i continued to watch the show they were talking about receiving signs from loved ones who are no longer with us. I was really hoping for some sort of sign. Especially right now. Maybe I felt like it was confirmation. Well, just not too long ago I came home. I did my usual routine, and got ready for bed. For some reason, i decided to look through this bag that I hadn't really looked through completely since around December - January. I had picked up the "Angel of Friendship" piece with the letter that states "I hope this piece has personal meaning just for you... a little reminder... a reflection...a gesture that marks a memory." I had been thinking about Charlotte all day. I posted a photo asking for prayers. I thought about all the memories we shared. The ones that stood out to me the most were the ones from when I was in middle school, i'm 19 now. Charlotte touched so many people. All my friends knew Charlotte. They knew our dogs were family. I guess what i'm thankful for is the touching things in life. Death really is beautiful. Living is beautiful. I never thought I would say something like that. But as I'm sitting here right now, typing this, I'm not sad. I'm happy. Life is bittersweet. Thank you for this piece. It made me look at life, and not only mine, but an animal's life, completely different. Charlotte, Here's to you.

  • FL

    Posted by Denise on Apr 3rd 2017

    My sister, who lives in PA, sent this piece to me in a gift box with instructions that I can't open until my "chemo day." She knew the chemo is getting more difficult as I go along - it's been 4 months of it by now. When I opened the box that morning and I saw the angel holding a little brown dog, I knew why she'd picked this piece. Everyone loves my little dog Molly, who is just a special little old lady. My sister loves her too and knew this was the perfect angel for me. This chemo round was one of the best ones I'd had in a LONG time and I chalk it up to the prayer that came from friends, church family and blood family, like my sister LISA who so sweetly sent me this angel. Thank you, Denise

  • LA

    Posted by Debbie on Apr 29th 2016

    I saw this angel when someone posted it about Harley and Lucky. someone posted it being a Willow Tre, so I searched and found. I had lost my friend a few weeks ago and Angel of Friendship has been beside my bed since. I hold her often. This is a great addition. I miss my friend so much, more than words can say. I know she's with our creator now, but I miss her. I know she has an angel holding her. Rest in peace, my girl. I will see you again one day, but my heart is so broken right now. I love you, baby girl. I love you, my boo.

  • Gettysburg, PA 17325

    Posted by Yvette on Apr 13th 2015

    My beautiful dog Ruby passed away just over a week ago, I can say it devastated me more than anything else that has happened in my life. She was my best friend who loved me unconditionally and I loved her. She was only 6 and had to be put down from an aggressive form of cancer. I saw the Angel of Friendship and all the times I had spent with Ruby came flooding back, I needed it so that when I see it I see her, I see her excited and crazy when I came home, I see her lying in bed with me at night, I see her playing outside, I see her happy and healthy. Thank you so much for bringing something so meaningful into existence. I love Willow Tree and the joy the figures give me when I see them.

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