We have a 14 y-o Golden Retriever who developed a lump on the inside of her right rear leg...up towards her groin. Due to her 'feathers', we never noticed it until my husband was giving her a bath earlier this summer. By that time, it was about the size of a softball. It didn't seem to bother her, and due to our financial situation (he's disabled, without income and my salary barely covers necessities), we couldn't afford to take her to the vet. Actually, this is my husband's son's dog, but we've had her for all but two years. He asked us to take her back about two years ago because he's now got small children that she really doesn't appreciate (!). Anyway, this lump has continued to grow at an alarming rate and it's now about the size of a small soccer ball. Poor thing. It looks like a cow's udder almost. It still doesn't seem to pain her, but the skin has been stretched so much that it's starting to bleed, and it's really affecting her ability to walk. She has to move her leg way out due to this lump (tumor?). It is so sad to watch her gamely trying to navigate around with this huge lump. It's turned very red and angry looking, but again, she doesn't seem to be too concerned about it. Occasionally we'll see her lick it, but very rarely. Lately, I've been noticing that she leaves a bloody mark when she gets up. While we don't want to see her suffer, since she doesn't act like she's in pain, I haven't been able to get my step-son to agree to put her down. She's probably diabetic too, as she drinks copious amounts of water and urinates 20+ times a day. She's eating better than ever (she's always been a picky eater), but again, that could be the diabetes. Her urine is so watered down that it doesn't even leave brown marks on the grass anymore. Are we doing the right thing in keeping her as comfortable as possible, or is it kinder to consider euthanasia? It will be very difficult, as she's been with us for so long and we love her so, but this shouldn't be about US, it should be what is best for Samantha. We really need your advice.