White Spot has been found and is safe tonight. A company called Petsearchers Canada was hired to assist with the search, and within an hour Al of Petsearchers, with the help of his dog (hey, we need his dog's name - equal credit!), had tracked White Spot and located his sleeping spot. While White Spot slept, Al was able to get close to him and slip the leash on.
Well done, Al and Al's dog! And thanks to everyone who helped out in any way at all. Though a hired company recovered him, it was your posters and sightings that helped keep hope alive and focus the search on the appropriate area. Finding a lost dog is truly a community effort.
And now that White Spot is safely home, I will once again say what I have said a thousand times before on this blog. DO NOT USE A FLAT COLLAR TO WALK A DOG. EVER! If a dog is startled or frightened, a dog can elongate its neck and back out of that collar faster than you can say "SIT!" (unless you have the flat collar so tight that it is painful to the dog). Get a Martingale or a harness with a double safety connection, make sure they are properly fitted, and use them every time your dog is on leash.
I will be posting a blog shortly with some other guidelines specific to newly-placed or newly-fostered dogs. Sadly, White Spot's story is far too familiar, and there are far, far too many dogs getting lost shortly after being rehomed.