Outdoor Dog Adventures was established in 2017 by lifelong dog lovers Mary and Theo Simon. They noticed the behavioral issues that were created when people had to work all day, and did not have time to exercise their dogs or give them some positive attention in the middle of the day. That need, as well as their great love for the outdoors, led them to found Outdoor Dog Adventures.
Flash forward two years later. Mary and Theo decided to relocate back to Massachusetts to be closer to family after losing Theo’s father. Their friends, Kim & Joe, stepped up and offered to carry on what they started. Being lifelong dog lovers as well, Kim and Joe promised to continue to provide the love and care that this business is known for.
This company is founded based on the belief that a dog walk can be more than just a chance for a dog to use the bathroom. It can be an adventure during which the person and dog are paying attention to one another, learning from other, and being present in the moment. At Outdoor Dog Adventures, we endeavor to better the lives of dogs and humans alike through the implementation of mentally stimulating walks and social interaction whenever the owners cannot be present. We strive to alleviate owner guilt during the workday, to provide healthy exercise for dogs, and to be part of the prevention of problematic behaviors resulting from boredom and loneliness in dogs.
Owner & Business Manager
Kim was born and raised in Harford County, Maryland. She attended Towson University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business. For the past 8 years, Kim has worked in the banking industry but has always had a passion for animals beginning at a young age. She has had a wide range of pets ranging from the typical childhood carnival goldfish to a chinchilla and of course dogs.
Kim is a proud dog mom to Lilly, a Puggle that she and Joe adopted in Maryland, and Chuy, an Austrailian Cattle Mix they adopted from the Kentucky Humane Society. She is a member of Pet Sitters International and also a Certified Professional Pet Sitter. She strives to provide the best care for your pups whether it be a stimulating, adventurous hike or an exciting game of fetch in the backyard.
When not working, Kim enjoys spoiling Lilly and Chuy, taking them on adventures, and trying to convince Joe to let her adopt every dog she sees at the Humane Society. She also loves making crafts, spending time outdoors, traveling, and attending spin class. Her favorite weekend activity is snuggling on the couch with the dogs and binge-watching The Golden Girls.
Joe was also born and raised in Harford County, Maryland. He attended Frostburg University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. After graduating college, he moved to Indianapolis where he worked for a non-profit organization that allowed him to travel all over the United States for 3 years. After those 3 years on the road, he moved back to Maryland where he began his career in Finance and also obtained his insurance license. Fast forward 13 years later, and he is now a Regional Assistant Vice President for the 2nd largest finance company in the U.S. This job is what brought him and Kim to Louisville and they are sure glad it did. Since moving here back in 2014, Joe has fully embraced the Kentucky
lifestyle and has become a Certified Bourbon Steward. When not working, Joe enjoys spending time with Kim and their two dogs, Lilly and Chuy, traveling, hunting for rare bourbon, and finding new adventures and things to do in Louisville! Like a true Kentuckian, he enjoys horseracing and bourbon!
Originally from the midwest, Kate Bariteau has a BS in Speech Communication from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has a background working in higher education as an advisor and educator, as well as many years of customer service experience. Kate has found that serving in a customer care capacity brings her back to her farm roots, where she can troubleshoot problems and get her hands dirty. She brings with her over 22 years of experience fostering and training dogs. While preparing to bring a service dog into her own family, Kate strengthened her dog-work skills through intensive study of the Karen Pryor training methods. Her mission to help owners enjoy their pets makes her a natural fit for Outdoor Dog Adventures.
When not working at work, Kate is probably working at home, and is often happiest when she is fixing something. She and her husband have four children, two dogs, two cats, a foster hospice cat, and a revolving door of additional foster cats and dogs. Kate has been known to utilize the same positive training techniques used with dogs on her own children.
Shannon has two dogs of her own- Gator, a Lab/Cattle Dog mix she adopted from the Lexington Humane Society and Fiona, a Chihuahua/Italian Greyhound mix who she found as a stray. When not working, she enjoys cuddling with her dogs on the couch and going to Louisville City FC matches.
Brittany grew up in a small town in Meade County, KY. As a child, she was surrounded by all different kinds of animals, but mainly dogs, cats, cows, and bunnies. As she grew older, she would take her neighbors dogs out for walks and care for them while they were away. After graduating high school, Brittany wanted to learn more about grooming and bathing so she moved to Louisville to start working towards a career path by joining different teams to gain more knowledge. Fast forward to today, Brittany chose to join Outdoor Dog Adventures knowing she will give 110% in taking care of your pets and providing them the love and care they deserve. She has two dogs of her own that she hikes daily. She hopes to one day become a certified dog trainer. Brittany looks forward to spending time with your furry family member!
Born and raised in Lancaster, PA, Lori has always had a passion for being around and working with animals. She started taking horseback riding lessons at 7 years old and still loves riding today. Lori has experience working in several animal-related jobs including farm work, pet retail, adoption counselor at an SPCA, and a doggie daycare. She has gained valuable knowledge from each one that she carries with her, including a certification in equine sports massage therapy, earned in 2012.
Having two dogs of her own, one with moderate anxiety, Lori understands how important it is for any dog to have some time each day to explore nature and take in new surroundings which helps to build confidence.
While not working, and being new to the Louisville area, Lori and her husband enjoy learning about everything that this city has to offer, exploring the local cuisine, going to the movies, and spending down time with their dogs Nala and Jethro. Lori also enjoys just about any outdoor activity including camping, hiking, kayaking, and photography.
Shardai is originally from Fishers, Indiana, where she studied at Butler University. She has always loved animals since she was young and has acquired very much experience in taking care of pets and dogs of various breeds over the past few years. It brings her so much joy to be able to help out a furry friend and their owner when they need it, it really brings out her “fur-ternal” instincts! Animals are just so pure and loyal! Shardai is a dog owner to one of the sweetest most handsome pit-lab mixes who dons the title as her best friend! She is a huge supporter of humane societies and shelters. In fact, she rescued her pup, Oscar, from a shelter called Canine Castaways in Fountaintown, Indiana. She originally went there searching for a puppy, but once she saw Oscar’s face, she knew he was the one! In her free time, aside from hanging out with her doggy, Shardai enjoys painting and modeling!