This is my Billy Goat Gruff, both a cynic goat and a synecdoche. Sometimes he needs a hug. Sometimes he needs an oat.
If I place a brush in his mouth, he will paint bails of hay. Idiographic analysis suggests he prefers art for play.
Charisma exists underneath his mottled face and he thinks you are excellent if he permits you in his personal space.
When he is like an Alberta Clipper, leaving, in his wake, a mess from mood cold, it is best to warm his heart with a long, close hold. ; )