Shannon Vottero, Owner

Shannon Vottero, Dog Loving Owner
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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

Jess, walker and sitter



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.

Jinha, walker and sitter



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 health and wellness including exercise and holistic healing. Without a doubt Jinha loves giving TLC to animals!



When Janna is not walking dogs, she is working on her PhD in Communication, Culture and Media at Drexel University. Janna grew up in South Jersey with her 3 best dog siblings and has loved animals since she was a child. She now lives in the Manayunk area and can't wait to rescue more dogs of her own! In her spare time, Janna loves to read, write, and watch classic movies.

Melissa - Walker and Sitter



Melissa just moved back to the area after 14 years living in San Diego. Melissa has had many pets throughout her life. Including rabbits, birds, hamsters, and always dogs. When she’s not working her full-time job at the hospital you can find her on foot exploring her new neighborhood and the wissahickon with her two dogs, Bea and Frankie. Melissa also enjoys an active lifestyle and working out at Fire For Effect Athletics. She’s looking forward to getting to know all of your canine family members!

Sam with dog



Sam is a recent graduate of Kutztown University with a degree in graphic design, currently living in Lower Merion. Sam has a 9 year old lab mix, Holly, that has been his best friend and fuzzy sibling since early high school. He is a big lover of the outdoors and particularly enjoys the bonds that he forms with his four legged friends! In his free time, Sam enjoys creating art, going to the movies and playing video games.