When we got back to the cars, I told Maya’s person that it seemed most likely, judging by the way Tino worked the scent, that Maya was circling around the trails, staying close to the water sources, and we didn’t find any scent trail leading out of the area. I advised her on Calming Signals, magnet dogs, humane traps, and wildlife cameras. I also suggested more posters at other trailheads, and articles of clothing as scent lures.
After the search, I took Tino to Luther Burbank Park to play, and to wash off the mud. He fetched the ball a dozen times. I threw it as far as I could out into Lake Washington, to make sure to get all of the dried mud off. Because it was a warm day, Tino didn’t shake the water out of his coat. He waited until we were two blocks from home before he shook, and showered me with cold water.
An hour after we got home, I got the message that Maya had followed her human’s scent back to the parking lot, and she was found waiting near the car, ready to go home.