We are taking Mr Reilly to an Oncologist Vet today and could use some power of the paw and good thoughts. Back in 2012 he had a strange growth on the big pad on this left front paw - it kind of looked like a toe nail growing out of it. We had heavy snow that year and the cold seem to freeze it off - one day it was there and then it was gone. Over the years though some kind a growth started growing in the same spot - it was like a hard callous. We have been having it checked every few months since 2012 and just recently noticed the lump has started getting a lot bigger and has now grown through to the top of his foot too. It has also gone from being dark and hard like his pad to this now softer squishy pink lump. Our regular vet did a biopsy and it didn't show anything and he can touch it and squeeze it and Mr Reilly shows no pain. He thinks it is just his own body's reaction to the arthritis he has in his toes - kind of like the swelling we get in our knuckles - it is like he is growing an extra pad to help cushion his foot. To be on the safe side though we are getting a second opinion. It will be a few days before we have any results but we are hoping it isn't anything bad.