Dr. Myhre (second from left) preparing Linus for surgery on the table. Note the plastic exam gloves on his hooves to help keep the area as sterile as possible. The technician on the far right cleaned his entire abdomen with betadine solution. By the time this picture was taken, the temporary catheter is already in place.
Dr. Myhre covering Linus with drapes to keep the area as sterile as possible.
The first incision with the help of Dr. Myhre's assistant.
The excess has been removed and now comes the delicate part of suturing the skin in place and recreating the end of the urethra.
The surgeons finishing up the last details. The tech in the background stayed next to Linus's head throughout the entire process and monitored his condition.
The table was lowered back down to ground level, where Linus was given an injection to begin reversing the effects of the anesthesia. The breathing tube was temporarily disconnected to put Linus's halter back on.
The vets prepare to move him back into the recovery room, strapping his hind legs together and then untying his front legs from the table.
With a veterinarian and technician lifting his head and Dr. Myhre at the controls, Linus begins to gracefully lift off of the operating table.
With a few pushes and pulls, Linus heads for the heavily-padded recovery room.
About a half an hour later, he gets himself up to his feet and is slowly led back to his stall. His entire body was trembling from the anesthesia, and he was a little off-balance, but he made it back safely. Here, two of the techs remove his IV.
A special thanks to Dr. Grant Myhre and his wonderful staff! Also, a huge thanks to everyone who donated to Linus's cause! We couldn't have done this without you!