At the end of May, a unique Paws for The Big Lunch party was held in front of the Shard in London.

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It brought dog owners together for some food and fun…

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…and celebrated both what unites us, and what makes us different.

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Research shows that dogs are a great way to bring people together after all. We are 55% more likely to start a conversation with someone if they have a dog.

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In fact, dog owners on average have 6 chats a week with new people, as a direct result of their canine friend.

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The idea behind The Big Lunch is simple. Neighbours should get together for a meal in June, to enjoy the company of each other and build on their sense of community – and perhaps eat a spot of cake…

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This special dog-themed edition was a simple prelude – yes, a pre-party! – to raise awareness of 2016’s upcoming main event. The Big Lunch will be held on Sunday 12 June – its eighth year.

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In 2015, 7.29 million people took to the streets for The Big Lunch (plus an unknown number of dogs!).

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Follow the fun with the hashtag #TheBigLunch on Twitter, or find out more on The Big Lunch website.

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