Shannon Vottero grew up with a lab named Chopper. When she was 13, she asked her parents if she could have her very own puppy. Her parents agreed as long as she was willing to train the dog and take him to obedience classes. Shannon raised and trained Barkus and so began her lifelong affection for caring for dogs.

After graduating college and working as a graphic designer with the same firm for 11 years, Shannon was looking for more rewarding work and the possibility of being her own boss. It didn’t take long for her to realize that starting a dog walking business would be the best way to experience a more rewarding occupation and be her own boss. Shannon left the graphic design firm in 2012 and Bark Play Love was born. She landed her first client Charlie, the day after she launched her facebook page. She was hired to care for Charlie a few days before his owners even brought him home! Five years later, Charlie is still a daily client as well as over 200 other precious pups in the Manayunk, Roxborough, East Falls, and Bala Cynwyd neighborhoods.

Shannon and her American Eskimo “pupper dog” Malibu live in the Roxborough neighborhood of Philly. Shannon welcomes your inquiries and would love to book a free meet and greet. Complete the online request form or send an email to

Photo copyright of



Jess is a recent graduate of the University of the Arts of Philadelphia and is currently based in the Manayunk area. Born and raised with love for every animal, Jess has spent many summers pet-sitting and dog walking for her friends, family and individual clients.

She was more than excited to join “Bark.Play.Love.” as a walker to get to meet and interact with even more pets around the area.  When she’s not walking dogs she is most likely in her studio painting and making some art with her cat Rosie Cheeks.



A graduate of Villanova University and daughter of a US Army/Navy vet. Jinha grew up raising a chihuahua with her sister and loved caring for animals ever since. From watching neighbors dogs to friends and family’s pets, she also was a Mainline nanny for over a decade servicing both children and their family pets. In her free time she enjoys pursuing a lifestyle of heath and wellness including exercise and holistic healing. Without a doubt Jinha loves giving TLC to animals!



Dan is a graduate student in Temple university’s master’s program for education in social studies. Dan has a love for both people and animals and when he is not studying or teaching students, he is taking care of his two dogs. In fact, Dan has taken care of dogs his whole life and is happy to do so as part of the amazing team at Bark Play Love.



Corey has been an animal lover her entire life. She has cared for all types of animals; from gerbils to geckos. As a life-long pet lover, she has raised dogs with many different personalities. Whether they are shy or energetic,  all been important members of the family. Corey has volunteered at shelters; walking and caring for every type of dog. She currently lives in Roxborough with her husband, two kids, two cats, and one dog. You can often find her walking in the Wissahickon with her pup Snoopy. Corey got her BA in Art History from Temple University and is currently working on her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology.



My name is Kristin and I graduated from Lock Haven University with a BS in Social Work and I enjoy walking dogs in my spare time! I grew up with a cat named Zip and large husky/lab mix named Riley. I spent a lot of time taking Riley for walks and teaching him tricks! I taught him how to sit, stay, lay, shake, and speak. I’m a big fan of all pets, big or small. I now take care of my princess named Diza who is in the photo with me! She is an indoor and outdoor kitty who loves to cuddle. I also live with my roommate’s dog named Hoku who is a French bull dog. I take Hoku for walks as well! I think it is very important to make sure pups get the exercise they need, which can be hard with a busy schedule. It’s been a pleasure working with Bark.Play.Love. Shannon has created a caring community of dog walkers which I am proud to be a part of!