"When I first met him, he was actually a staff favorite in that shelter," said Garcia.
When left to do his thing at the shelter's run, Cherry would run in circles and burst with enthusiasm. But if something new was introduced and he was no longer comfortable, he would go into shutdown mode.
Once Cherry arrived at the sanctuary with the rest of the dogs and was let out of his crate - Garcia will never forget - Cherry walked into the run, grabbed a toy and threw it up into the air.
"You could tell he knew he was in good hands," said Garcia. "He trusted us."
Weaver said Cherry was about 1 1/2 years old, weighing about 40 pounds when he arrived at Dogtown (he is now a healthy 55 pounds, according to Fiaccone). He had - and still has - a large scar on his back. He also had cherry eye, a condition where there is a prolapse of the third eyelid gland. Best Friends' medical team surgically repaired the eye.
What Cherry needed was time. And in addition to love, care and security, that's what Best Friends gave him.