Horseplay is not tolerated at the East Macon Park pool, but the county allowed for some canine carousing Sunday.
The second annual Doggy Dip lured more than two dozen dogs and their owners to a pooch pool party.
For many, it was an informal Macon Dog Park reunion.
Others heard about it on Facebook, where a cover photo features a happy dog with an orange disc in his mouth splashing in the shallow end.
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Sunday, some of those headed to a pool for the first time hit their paw brakes at the top of the ramp, not wanting to go any farther.
Kristen VanHarn, of Warner Robins, was surprised her little black dog, Ellie, was so timid.
“She likes water. She’s used to going to the dog park where there’s water she can stand in,” VanHarn said.
A snowy white Great Pyrenees clung at the chain link fence.
“So far, we made it down the ramp and back,” said Becky Butler. “She’s been kind of scared to get in the water because she’s only been in her little kiddie pool.”
Butler and her husband, Stephen, drove over from Warner Robins, hoping Gabbie was up for a doggie paddle.
He was going to try to throw the ball to see if Gabbie jumps in.
Thor, a white German Shepherd, came gliding down the curving slide.
As the large dog splashed into the water, Chelsea Thompson landed right behind him.
They swam off together with Thor muffling enthusiastic howling barks.
He seemed like he’d been hanging out at the pool his whole life, but it was his first time.
“He’s been in rivers and lakes,” Thompson said, but he was reluctant to jump in after her.
(The concrete did say “No Diving,” and he probably has a cousin on the police force.)
Thompson thought the event would help socialize Thor, who is not used to being around other dogs.
During frequent breaks from the water -- after shaking themselves damp, dogs circle in packs of paws, wagging tails and tongues dragging.
When Stephen Butler’s ball trick didn’t work to get Gabbie in, he carried the giant bundle of fur into about 3 feet of water.
Gabbie abruptly swam to the edge of the pool, trying to escape.
The annual dog swim is held after the pool closes for the season, right before it is drained.
As Gabbie got out, Samson the Shih Tzu had entered the gate and came prancing up in a pink life jacket.
“He’s actually a boy, but they only had pink. I like pink,” said Kate Bates of Warner Robins.
Samson went in for a “second,” she said.
It was his first time, but her hound-pit bull mix, Ryu, came last year.
He didn’t take to the water.
Overhead, thunder rumbled from darkening clouds. A whistle blew from under the tent.
“Everybody out of the water,” a lifeguard yelled.
Some of the dogs seemed relieved, including Ryu, who had not even gotten wet.
He joined the trail of trotting dogs doing laps around the edge of the pool.
“He’s probably happy they called lightning,” Bates said.
To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.