by Cassie Mattia

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

Loveland, Ohio – We are pleased to present Loveland Magazine’s Pet of the Month for December! The community of Loveland provided us with some amazing Pet of the Month photos and we are beyond thrilled to celebrate these loved animals!

Tulika Prasad is the loving owner of Buddy, a 7.5-year-old Lab mix! Buddy is a shelter dog but is now a part of Prasad’s family of 4, which includes her son, Buddy, of course, her husband, and herself.

“My son is autistic and non-verbal and Buddy is his only friend,” Prasad explained, “We can never thank Buddy enough for that! Buddy loves to play fetch and go on walks. He also has an insatiable appetite!”

Buddy is one of the most gentle “giants” you will ever come across, according to Prasad. 

“I have had guests come into my house saying they are petrified of dogs and then leave, getting a selfie with Buddy,” Prasad said, “He is just that adorable!”

Although Buddy is over 100 pounds, Prasad says “this golden furball” is the life of their house!

Meet Buddy 

Buddy Celebrating his Birthday!

Congratulations to Tulika and Buddy for being selected to represent Loveland Magazine’s Pet of the Month for December! Tulika and Buddy will be rewarded with a Nothing Bundt Cakes Bundtlet Tower, a gift card to The Works Pizza, and an 8X10 framable photo keepsake! Buddy will not only be featured in our publication but will also be included in our weekly newsletter for the month of December 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 December’s Pet of the Month, we will be taking entries from December 1st-25th for January’s Pet of the Month.

Check out the video below created by David Miller that features Buddy 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 cmattia12@gmail.com 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 Buddy for the month of December!

We can’t wait to see whose pet will be featured in January!

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

Columnist Cassie Mattia is a resident of Historic Downtown Loveland. She is the Co-Owner, Associate Editor, and Director of Marketing of 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 selected by the Little Miami River Chamber Alliance as the Loveland Areas Young Professional of the Year.