Well, to start things off, I got my Golden Retriever 6 years ago, when I finally moved out for good from my parents. She has been my best friend ever since, and has been through some rather tough times with me, never questioning me for anything....always happy to see me come home. About a year ago, I noticed a hard tennis ball sized lump on her side, near her hind leg. I took her to the vet, and spent over $300 on a biopsy, and was told it was benign, and not to worry about it. Personally, I would have liked a much better explaination, but that's all I could get! So a year later, it is now grown very large, from tennis ball size, to approximately 8" high, by over a foot long....it is now getting into her rib cage. Lately, she doesn't seem quite as active, and her eating has slowed a lot too. I KNOW she NEEDS to go back to get this problem properly diagnosed, but due to recently selling my failed business, I am flat broke, no income at the moment, and my credit is completely shot. With the growth of this tumor, or whatever it is, I don't believe there is any way she could make it another year. I simply do not know what to do, I do not have the heart to just let it run it's course if it is going to cause her to suffer, and I simply cannot live with the though of putting her under, if there is a surgery can save her, regardless of my financial situation. I know a lot of people think it is crazy to put that kind of money into a pet, but I she has pretty much grown to be my closest family member over the years, and I'd spend it in a heartbeat to save her, if I had it. I know she is going to need to get the problem properly diagnosed very soon, I just don't know how I can do it.