Porties were bred for generations to work closely with people. They were crew members on the Portuguese fishing boats and actually earned a salary. Porties were even on the Spanish Armada. These dogs want to be close to their people and doing whatever the people are doing. This may be great on a fishing crew, but can cause some interesting situations around the house.
Porties love to help with the housework. While all my boys are afraid of the vacuum, the girls love to chase it and nip at it and sometimes try to ride on it. They like to check out the laundry basket looking for their favorite items. Sky liked socks but Fudge prefers dish towels. Washing windows may be the favorite chore. They follow me around as I wash windows. As soon as I finish one, they start nosing and licking the glass to give it that attractive frosted look. There is a reason you can't see out many of our windows.
Rob and I are both readers. In fact Rob built a library for our collection of books. There is a gate across the hall leading to the library because the Porties are interested in whatever we're interested in. Samba, on several occasions, removed books from the shelves and digested their contents. Here is one of her favorites. It's titled The Gentle Art of Verbal Self Defense. Perhaps she was trying to improve her verbal skills.
You may be wondering why anyone wants to live with these dogs. They are a handful. They can be stubborn and frustrating. They have endless energy. They are born thieves. But they are sweet and loving and loyal and funny. They are totally attuned to my moods and feelings. They comfort me when I'm feeling sad, they make me laugh when I'm feeling blue. They are ready and eager to do anything I want to do. I am the most important thing in their lives and they want only to be with me and help me with whatever I choose to do.