Although both her mother, Naomi Judd, and her half-sister, Wynonna Judd, would go on to become famous country singers, things weren't always easy for Ashley as a child.
To Judd's credit, she's tried to lead the way for other women who may be hesitant to seek help and open up about their stories of assault.
But she couldn't help but appreciate all the lessons that her dog taught her during their time together.
Ashley Judd skilled childhood in a gaggle of fruitful performing specialists.
She mentioned being abused by several men as a kid, including someone from her family.
She has also often been treated unkindly by the media and members of the public in general, something that she's noticed herself.
Shug was a remarkable dog.
John Yarmuth from Louisville, who was backing the actress, did have a few insights to offer.