Animal rescuers voiced disappointment on Monday that President Barack Obama and his family chose a purebred dog from a breeder over rescuing an unwanted animal from a shelter.

Bo, the first family's new Portuguese Water Dog, is six-month-old puppy who was returned to his Texas breeder by a previous owner.

"I think all of us who work trying to place homeless animals had hoped that they would choose a shelter dog," said Steve Gruber, spokesman for the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals in New York City.

"His choosing to go to a breeder is a disappointment. Choosing a shelter dog, that would have been a really powerful message to the American people," he said.

The Portuguese Water Dog was chosen in part because the breed is hypoallergenic and Malia Obama has allergies. [Reuters]

Not officially announced, but definitely officially leaked, Dr. Dog and Phosphorescent (and a 3rd band TBA) will be playing this year's big, free, "indie" show at the Prospect Park Bandshell on June 27th. David Byrne kicks off the Celebrate Brooklyn season at the same venue on June 8th. All tour dates below....

Dr Dog -= 2009 Tour Dates
Apr 10 - Double Door Chicago, Illinois
Apr 11 - 400 Bar Minneapolis, Minnesota
Apr 14 - Crocodile Cafe Seattle, Washington
Apr 15 - Wonder Ballroom Portland, Oregon
Apr 16 - Fillmore San Francisco, California
Apr 18 - Coachella Indio, California
Apr 21 - The Parish Austin, Texas
Apr 22 - Baylor University Waco, Texas
Apr 23 - The Loft Dallas, Texas
Apr 24 - George's Majestic Lounge Fayetteville, Arkansas
Apr 25 - Bottletree Birmingham, Alabama
Apr 28 - Chameleon Club Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Apr 29 - Mr. Small's Theatre Pittsburgh - (Millvale), Pennsylvania
Jun 27 - Celebrate Brooklyn @ Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn, NY *
Jul 2 - High Sierra Music Festival Quincy, California
Jul 3 - High Sierra Music Festival Quincy, California
Jul 17 - Camp Bisco Mariaville, New York
Jul 18 - Camp Bisco Mariaville, New York

* W/ Phosphorescent

Phosphorescent - 2009 Tour Dates
May 5 - Trix Antwerp, Belgium
May 6 - Cactus Brugge, Belgium
May 7 - Paradiso Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 8 - Tivoli Utrecht, Netherlands
May 9 - Les Nuits de Botanique Brussel, Belgium
May 11 - UT Connewitz Leipzig, Germany
May 12 - Knust Hamburg, Germany
May 13 - Live At Dot Berlin, Germany
May 14 - Loppen Copenhagen, Denmark
May 15 - Debaser Malmo, Sweden
May 16 - Pusterviksbaren Gothenburg, Sweden
May 17 - Voxhall Aarhus, Denmark
May 20 - Casa 139 Milan, Itlay
May 21 - Init Rome, Italy
May 22 - Hana Bi Ravenna, Italy
May 23 - Grnnd Zero Lyon
May 24 - Le Grand Mix Tourcoing, France
May 25 - Cafe de La Danse Paris, France
May 27 - The Engine Room Brighton, England
May 28 - Jazz Cafe (MOJO Night) London, England
May 29 - Clwb Ifor Bach Cardiff, Wales
May 30 - The Deaf Institute Manchester, England
May 31 - Captain's Rest Glasgow, Scotland
Jun 1 - Whelan's Dublin, Ireland
Jun 2 - The Pavilion Cork, Ireland
Jun 27 - Celebrate Brooklyn @ Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn, NY *

* w/ Dr Dog

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