Looks can be deceptive; he’s not all sweet snuggles, but he does love his daddy.
He was acting quite spiteful after we returned home from our trip, getting into no lack of trouble, but the last straw was when he jumped up to the counter and stole 16 homemade bread buns. Ate them all in less time than it takes to use the ladies room, and when discovered was completely unrepentant.
The new punishment is the squirt bottle, filled with nothing worse than tap water. It’s working, so well that it’s crazy we didn’t think of this sooner. And I’m glad, because “sweet thing” can be a bit unreasonable at times.
Repentance still isn’t in the cards, though :)