Edit ModuleShow Tags

Letter from the Editor: San Diego Is for Animal Lovers

Editor in Chief Erin Meanley Glenny dishes on the July issue of San Diego Magazine


Erin Meanley Glenny's great-grandma with two of her Dals

San Diego has always been a great place for animals. Just as we have a car culture, we’ve long had a pet culture. (When, exactly, we began inviting dogs to restaurants, I don’t know.)

My family, which goes back in San Diego to the late 19th century, has always had horses and dogs, among other animals. My great-great-grandpa gave my great-grandma a pet bear and monkey, possibly rejects from the San Diego Zoo, which opened around that time. Funny, then, that I am not an animal person. I also married someone who grew up with horses and dogs, and is hoping to convert me. Right now we have starter pets—fish. They’re still a lot of work.

But reading the pets feature penned by our senior editor, Archana Ram, I caught myself wanting a dog numerous times (ssh, don’t tell my husband). The story explores San Diego’s best pet-friendly restaurants, parks, hotels, and gadgets, with profiles of local animal lovers. It’s useful and endearing and quirky.

Another thing that got me jazzed was our Style section, whose pages are wonderfully overgrown with plants this month. From houseplant boutiques to a homeowner with 325 rosebushes to an app that reminds you to water your gladioli, I am fired up to start gardening. If only the fish weren’t so much work.

But these are good problems to have, aren’t they? I was reminded of that while working on our health special. I spoke to locals who have conquered cancer, heart disease, Type 1 diabetes, and more. They and their doctors offered strong messages of hope—thanks to considerable advances in research and technology being developed right here in San Diego. You’ll be moved by their stories.

You’ll also be inspired to use our quarterly travel section to book a well-deserved getaway to Kaua‘i or a staycation at The Del. Fair warning: You’ll want to move to Portland after you read our ideas for a diverse getaway.

So start dreaming. And if you end up getting a dog because of this magazine, call me. I’ll just be at home with a mini Dalmatian.


Erin Meanley Glenny, Editor In Chief
erinm@sdmag.com emeanley

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

Nnedi Okorafor on Her Newfound ‘Black Panther’ Fame

The Marvel Comics author brings a sci-fi perspective to Point Loma Nazarene University's Writer's Symposium by the Sea

On the Job: The Gondolier

Sean Jamieson balances it all at Coronado's The Gondola Company

Letter from the Editor: It’s a Date!

Editor in Chief Erin Meanley Glenny dishes on the February issue of San Diego Magazine
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. San Diego Magazine's Travel Awards 2019
    Cast your vote now for your favorite hotels, travel companies, and attractions
  2. Best Restaurants in San Diego: 2018
    San Diego's top restaurant owners, chefs, and bartenders name their favorite San Diego restaurants of 2018.
  3. The Best Soup Dumplings in San Diego
    My hunt for the best xiao long bao in the city unearthed two surprising winners
  4. Puesto's Next Top Taco
    Submit your best taco recipe for the chance to win a grand prize
  5. Behind the Brands 2019
  6. First Look: Realm of 52 Remedies
    Wildly imaginative speakeasy cements the arrival of design to San Diego’s Asian food haven
Edit ModuleShow Tags


Puesto's Next Top Taco

Submit your best taco recipe for the chance to win a grand prize

Not Your Grandma's Orthotics

New year, new – shoe? Staying on your feet for long hours at a time just got a whole lot more comfortable with Wiivv’s BASE custom insoles
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Connect With Us:

Edit ModuleShow Tags


Sony Consumer Electronics Innovator Builds a Future Where Robotics and Connected Devices Prevail

Robust music and pictures ecosystem bring bespoke experience to TV and audio

Live the Dream with the Dream House Raffle

A multimillion-dollar dream home, fabulous trips, luxury cars, and more could be yours
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags