I grew up in Dorchester and always hung down the neponset river trying to find some adventure. The local clubs used to call us wharf rats because we were always trying to sneak into the marina's and yacht clubs to fish off their piers and cause all sorts of trouble, fireworks, drinking etc.. I figured DOTRAT would encompass it all. Dirty DOT for life!
Sad to say the the least, I feel for you.. I lost a little chihuahua at 8 years old, That dog spent more time on the boat than anyone, Her and big chihuahua and a pomeranion spent countless hours on my boat at the vineyard, cuttyhunk and bassets, Yes I had big dogs and hunting dogs in my day also!