Tom arrived and met with me as I was checking one of the trail cameras. We decided to go have a look around where Finley was last seen a couple of days earlier on the theory that she has bedded down at that location.
Tom followed me up Cone Peak road at quite a distance as the road is extremely dusty. As I arrived, I parked short of the area so Tom would have a place to park his pickup truck. I stepped out of my Jeep, took one look back for his pickup which was still out of view, and when I looked forward again - there was Finley. She stood in the middle of the road with a "where have you been" look on her face.
While happy and surprised, I was concerned that Tom's truck would scare her off, so I walked down the road a bit and made hand signals for Tom to stop his truck and cut the engine. He was just in view of me and Finley - but far enough away as to not pose a perceived threat.
Normally when searching for a lost dog I always sling a backpack that contains the necessary items to secure a dog safely (food, leashes, treats, rope, etc.). But now it was in the back compartment of my Jeep and I didn't want to scare Finley off getting the pack. Thankfully I had one small can of food in hand along with some small dog treats.
While Finley watched very cautiously , I walked over to a shade tree nearby and laid down on my side in the dirt. I opened the little can of "extra stinky" food and tossed a little her way. She sniffed at it, but nothing more. Then I tossed a bigger piece, and she ate it. This went on for a while, but I was rapidly running out of food. She was obviously very hungry and she knew I was being very passive in giving her food. I managed to very slowly get up walk back to the Jeep while she ate a few treats. I quietly got two large cans of dog food and many more treats, then slowly resumed my place laying in the dirt.
For twenty minutes or more, I tossed Finley food and treats. She got closer and closer, eventually she was eating directly in front of me, but would not eat out of my hand and if I moved my arm away from my body at all she would back away. It was at this time, with the food about gone, I realized I was suddenly ill prepared to capture Finley.