An Expat Talks about Living in
Dec 30, 2014
A retiree to Coronado, Panama enjoys the relaxed lifestyle and friendly locals. The biggest challenge to retiring there has been the difficulty having his service dog accepted in the same way it would be accepted everywhere in the United States. Most locals view dogs as guard dogs and there are no special accommodations for service dogs.
What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
How long have you lived there?
3 months now
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
Meeting people is no problem. Locals and tourists are both always friendly.
In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.
Yes, the people are great. But, they are behind the times in one particular area - see the last box.
What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?
In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?
Coronado is a relaxing tourist and retirement city.
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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.
Panama is NOT a good place for people with a "Service Dog" or a "Guide Dog". In general, many people are scared of all dogs because most dogs in Panama are GUARD DOGS for their property.
Panama is behind the times in its thinking about "Service Dogs". In Canada (and the USA) all Service and Guide dogs are accepted everywhere.
People who have such a "partner" really need that dog in their life. He is their "lifeline".
They are highly trained and do not bother other people. Their main interest is the care of their owner! They DO NOT have "accidents" and they do not bother other people. 99% of the time they are very friendly with all people they meet.
In Canada & USA the Service Dogs are fully accepted and allowed to go everywhere their owner wants to go. That includes all stores, clinics, businesses and restaurants.
This is a fact of the 20th Century. Panama needs to catch up! These dogs are highly trained and get to need their owner as much as the owner needs them.
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