I don't have a favourite dog or child. Any more | Paul Daley

When my favourite dog died, I thought nothing could fill the hole in our lives. Enter Olive, a charismatic charmer and our feisty shadow

Friends and family have been emphatic for years whenever I’ve asked: is it OK to have a favourite child?

“Absolutely not,” is the usual, categorical consensus.

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