It may be deemed bad form to criticise a child’s performance or casting, because, after all, it’s not their fault. Nevertheless, the part of the child in the 1st section of story is poorly cast & poorly acted which leads to the viewer having very little empathy for the wee tyke. I think the part is best suited for a slightly younger girl as opposed to the odd looking wilted thing that played the role… & if this was done as a juxtaposition to the sausage dog, it didn’t work. By the time your suspicion that the kid is ill is confirmed, the battle is lost.If the person who played the child somehow reads this in later life, don’t let it worry you, we all go through an odd looking period in childhood. I call it ‘the teeth years’.