Back in 2013 both Oscar & Hooch and Medical Detection Dogs (MDD) were on a journey, a new UK pet brand and a charity that was expanding quickly (over 600 volunteers today). Oscar & Hooch founder Paul Steckler wanted to give something back from day one and with his background in pharmaceuticals, Medical Detection Dogs was the perfect fit.

Medical Detection Dogs not only deliver hope through advancement in disease detection but also provide support to people who have life threatening conditions, their assistance dogs are family members and a very important lifeline. Oscar & Hooch agreed to make a design that accentuated the MDD colours and so the black & red range was born. Once assistance dogs complete their training they are provided with a collar & lead set in black & red.

As well as providing accessories to MDD, Oscar & Hooch make an annual donation to this very worthwhile cause. Now in the sixth year of partnership both have great ambitions.

Claire Guest CEO Medical Detection Dogs said, “we are proud of the work of our dogs, their ability to detect human disease and save human lives is becoming better recognised every day.  Partnering with Oscar & Hooch means our dogs wear a high quality lead and collar in colours that people now associate with our work. We are so grateful for the support of Oscar & Hooch in helping us to achieve our goals.”

Paul Steckler Founder Oscar & Hooch said,“From day one it was clear that MDD were the right partner, not only because of the amazing work they do but also because of the people who work tirelessly for this cause, led by Claire, a truly inspiring CEO”


About Medical Detection Dogs:

Medical Detection Dogs trains dogs to detect the odour of human disease. It is at the forefront of the research into the fight against disease and helping people with life-threatening conditions.

Our Bio-Detection Dogs are trained to find the odour of diseases, such as cancer, in samples such as urine, breath and swabs. Our Medical Alert Assistance Dogs are trained to detect minute changes in an individual’s personal odour triggered by their condition and alert them to an impending medical event. We receive no government funding for the work we do and rely entirely on the generosity of donations from trusts and the public.


For further information

Oscar & Hooch

Elaine Steckler, Director  01934 713667

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Medical Detection Dogs

Frankie Hockham, Fundraising Manager 01296 655888

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