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There's a rich variety of literature celebrating the intense bond between people and their animals. In just the past year we've "discovered" numerous such books: Chosen by a Horse, The Good Good Pig, and the runaway bestseller Marley & Me. Such company Healy never expected to rub elbows with. His calling was not to dog ownership but to the day-to-day business of drinking, fighting, and occasionally putting pen to paper. Unemployed and no stranger to his local pub or jail, he found a friend in Martin.
A Doberman pup, just "a poorly bit of fur and bone," Martin seemed an unlikely companion. But as time passed Healy and Martin became inseparable, and the years slipped by with surprising speed. Eventually, time began to take its toll on Martin. The comrade who stood watch patiently as his master slept off another hangover was growing frail, and his passing would send Healy into a downward spiral from which he feared he would never recover.
But recover he does, and his memoir beautifully conveys the healing and redemptive joys of owning a dog -- a gift from God, he later calls Martin, his last chance to stay in the world. Written with candor, anguish, and not a little love, I Have Heard You Calling in the Night is a testament to the profound kinship between people and their dogs that for Healy was both miracle and salvation. (Holiday 2006 Selection)