I Have Heard You Calling in the Night (Hardcover)

By Thomas Healy

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780151012596, 224pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2006



It seems now like a different me, the years I spent with Martin, a Doberman dog, and before he came, another me; and it is a new me now, once again, writing this. I would have been dead long ago had I continued to live the way I had before he came.

I think someone would have murdered me, given how I drank and the dives that I drank in and that I was an aggressive, angry man. I had no money and no friends. I didn’t care, I couldn’t have.
 Thomas Healy was a drunk, a fighter, sometimes a writer, often unemployed, no stranger to the police. His life was going nowhere but downhill. Then one day he bought a pup—a Doberman. He called him Martin. Gradually man and dog became unshakable allies, the closest of comrades, the best of friends. They took long walks together, they vacationed together, they even went to church together. Martin, in more ways than one, saved Thomas Healy’s life. Written with unadulterated candor and profound love, this soulful memoir gets at the heart of the intense bond between people and dogs.

Praise For I Have Heard You Calling in the Night


"The tone is searingly honest and direct, calm and clear-eyed. The subject, however, is explosive. It concerns the battle of an exceptionally talented man with a damaged spirit for survival in a hostile universe. It dramatises the battle between the use of alcohol and violence as props and the search for love, however it can be found. In the end, Thomas Healy has written a deeply tender book, which is likely to become a classic of its kind."--Colm Tóibín