“Dog” is “God” Spelled Backward: “Poppy Jingles,” the Staff Well-being Spaniel

Carlyle, Donna and Watson, Katie (2021) “Dog” is “God” Spelled Backward: “Poppy Jingles,” the Staff Well-being Spaniel. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 9 (2). pp. 315-324. ISSN 2051-5553

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.41120


This brief report describes the unique and innovative work of a hospital chaplaincy “Good Samaritan” staff welfare dog named “Poppy Jingles.” As the importance of stress prevention and burnout among National Health Service staff (UK) has been highlighted in current policy, the initiative of animal-assisted therapy is both timely and significant. The relevance of inter-species well-being is detailed in this article, describing what can be considered as Poppy’s “nonhuman charisma.” This includes eliciting specific aspects of well-being which can be thought to correspond to eudaimonic states of human flourishing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: chaplaincy, hospital staff welfare, dog–human relationships, animal-assisted therapy, eudaimonic flourishing, spirituality, creative media
Subjects: C800 Psychology
L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2020 10:55
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2022 03:31
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43788

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