by Cassie Mattia

Self-described “Dog Mom” Cassie Mattia lives in Historic Downtown Loveland with Nala, Dean, and her boyfriend Adam. Cassie is the Co-Owner and Associate Editor of Loveland Magazine.

Loveland, Ohio – We are pleased to present Loveland Magazine’s Pet of the Month for March! The community of Loveland provided us with some excellent St. Patty’s Day Pet of the Month photos and we are beyond thrilled to celebrate these local pets with YOU the readers!

Introducing Murphy Flanagan, an 11-year-old Goldendoodle, who was born on St. Patty’s Day! Murphy was adopted by Laurie Flanagan and her family who have a strong Irish background.

Laurie Flanagan says Murphy has spent his entire life as a Loveland resident and his 2 human brothers and sister all went to Loveland schools.

“He is a friendly fluff who enjoys exploring in the woods, going on car rides, stealing toys from his neighbor dog friend Bailey, stealing treats from his other neighbor dog friend Oscar, chewing on sticks, and swimming in the ocean,” Flanagan said, “He is affectionately called ‘peanut butter boy’ by his Loveland groomer, Pon of Top Dog Grooming given his lip-smacking joy eating the creamy stuff.”

Murphy loves walking the trail between Symmes Park and Home of the Brave just so he can catch a glimpse of kids playing sports or practicing their instruments for band, according to Flanagan.

“Murphy also likes going to the Loveland Farmers Market to sniff around for the dog treat booth and enjoys hanging on the patio at Ramsey’s Trailside on a nice summer day,” Flanagan added, “We received sad news back in October that Murphy was diagnosed with sarcoma and given 6-12 months to live. Even with a large mass on his right hip that continues to grow in size and is now impacting his walking, he still is a happy camper sharing his good nature and love with anyone he encounters; humans and dogs alike!”

Meet Murphy Flanagan

Photo Taken by David Long

Congratulations to Murphy and The Flanagans for being selected to represent Loveland Magazine’s Pet of the Month for March! Murphy and The Flanagans will be rewarded with a Nothing Bundt Cakes Bundtlet Tower, a gift card to The Works Pizza, a gift certificate to Tara’s Pet Boutique and Doggy Daycare, and an 8X10 framable photo keepsake! Murphy will not only be featured in our publication but will also be included in our weekly newsletter for the month of March and our social media pages.

We would like to thank everyone who sent in photos of their pets as it was an absolute joy to see how many beautiful animals there are in our community! For those who sent in photos but weren’t selected this time around, don’t worry, as your entries will be entered back into the competition for the following month’s selection! For those that missed the deadline for March’s Pet of the Month, we will be taking entries from March 5th-25th for April’s Pet of the Month. Don’t be afraid to dress up your pets in their best Spring wear!

Check out the video below created by David Miller that features Murphy as well as some of our favorite Pet of the Month entries!


To enter into Loveland’s Pet of the Month contest you must email me, Cassie Mattia, at [email protected] 2-5 of your favorite photos of your pet along with a short bio about your pet. Share with us and the community why your pet is so special to you along with any other unique facts that set your little buddy apart from other pets! When sending in your pet photos and bios please include your pet’s name, age, and breed as well as your contact info with a short description of each photo you provide us with. If you want to share where your pet’s favorite spots are in Loveland that would be great as well! Remember we DO NOT discriminate against any pets; all pets are welcome to enter into the contest!

Join us in celebrating Murphy for the month of March!

We can’t wait to see whose pet will be featured in April for Loveland Magazine’s Pet of the Month Spring Edition!

Here at Loveland Magazine, we would like to send a personal shout-out to The Works Pizza, Tara’s Pet Boutique and Doggy Daycare, and Nothing Bundt Cakes Mason (nearby in Deerfield Township) for providing wonderful gifts to our winners!

Want to see previous Pets of the Month? Click here!

Columnist Cassie Mattia is a resident of Historic Downtown Loveland. She is the Co-Owner, Associate Editor, and Director of Marketing for Loveland Magazine. Contact her if you are interested in promoting your event or business in Loveland Magazine. Cassie also Emcee’s events so feel free to reach out if you are in need of an Emcee for your next event, fundraiser, or sports-related competition. Cassie was just awarded the Little Miami River Chamber Alliance 2021 Young Business Professional of the Year. Follow Cassie on Instagram and/or Facebook!