On a beautiful sunny spring afternoon in 2008, I met Ash for the first time. He was so shy and quiet, and I fell in love with him immediately. I grew up with dogs, and had always wanted one since I had moved out on my own. My oldest daughter, Lily, was born Oct of 2007, and I wanted her to experience growing up with a dog.  Together Ash and Lily grew, until my youngest daughter, Abigail, was born Feb of 2011. He was immediately just as protective of her, as he was Lily. He always stayed by their side, keeping an ever vigilant watch of them both. He was always there to play with them, or to cuddle on the couch. He was always there to lick their tears, or great them enthusiastically whenever they came home.