Ick just the word shorky makes me cringe. He is a cute little guy though. There is a 99% chance he came from a puppy mill. Please convince your mother that she should never buy another pet store puppy again because that is supporting puppy mills. As for dog food purina is crap.
Some ok dog foods that you can get at petsmart include
Authority, Nutro, royal canin, blue buffalo There are a couple others but most dog food out there is crap. Basically read the ingredients. If corn is in there it's crap and if there is some type of meat meal in there it's not good. The first ingredient should always be just a meat like chicken, lamb, beef.
Look at the ingredients of authority puppy no corn and looks pretty good.
Lamb Meal, Brewers Rice, Ground Wheat, Wheat Germ Meal, Lamb, Rice Bran, Animal Fat Preserved with Vitamin E (Mixed Tocopherols), Dried Egg Product, Natural Flavors, Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Copper Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Manganese Sulfate, Niacin, D Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Riboflavin, Calcium Iodate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamin Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement.
Purina is pretty much a crappy food
Cesar is an ok dog food but it has all meat by products and no real meat.
Here are the ingredients:
Sufficient Water for Processing, Beef By-Products, Meat By-Products, Liver, Poultry By-Products, Beef, Peas, Carrots, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Caramel Coloring, Carrageenan, Dried Yam, Xanthan Gum, Natural Flavors, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Erythorbic Acid, Guar Gum, Zinc Sulfate, Sodium Nitrite (for color retention), Vitamin A, D3, and E Supplements, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1).
Look at the ingredients for nutro max puppy canned food they are awesome. Real meat.
Chicken Broth, Chicken, Turkey, Beef, Chicken Liver, Cod, Beef Liver, Rice Bran, Lamb, Ground Rice, Guar Gum, Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Carrageenan, Salt, Sodium Ascorbate (source of Vitamin C), Ferrous Sulfate, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Biotin, Riboflavin Supplement.
Here is a list from a dog forum i'm on showing good food:
When you want the best money can buy….
The Food ADVANTAGE
CANINE CAVIAR PET FOODS
Cripple Creek Kennels
FLINT RIVER RANCH
TENDER LOVING CARE
OLD MOTHER HUBBARD
ULTRA NATURAL PET FOODS
VeRUS Pet Foods
VITA-MAX PET FOODS
AZMIRA PET FOODS
ROYAL CANIN SIZE (natural blend variety)
Well, they aren’t BAD, they just don’t quite make the A grade cut. No-one should look down on you for feeding this to Fido and Spot, its good, just not the best. Dogs will do well on these.
BENCH & FIELD
THE PET PANTRY
RIDE DOG FOOD
EAGLE PACK SUPER PREMIUM PET FOOD
INOVATIVE VETERNARY DIETS
ROYAL CANIN SIZE
PRECISE PET FOOD
SIRIUS PET FOODS
PHD, PERFECT HEALTH DIETS
WYSONG PROFESSIONAL DIETS
ANNAMAET PET FOODS
APD (ADVANCED PET DIETS)
OWEN & MANDEVILLE PET PRODUCTS, INC.
PET CHEF EXPRESS
Burns Pet Nutrition
PROPAC DOG FOODS
CANUSA PET FOOD
LAMB AND RICE FORMULA
DOCK'S PET FOOD
DYNAMITE ONLINE DYNAMITE SPECIALTY PRODUCTS
NOBLE DOG FOOD
NUTRIENCE PET FOOD
AUTHORITY PET FOODS CO
QUALITY CARE PLUS (QC+)
REGAL PET FOODS
MAX DOG FOOD
NATURAL LIFE PET PRODUCTS, INC.
Don’t feed your dog these under any circumstances!
PURINA PRESCRIPTION DIETS (ok, so sometimes you have to, but I would beg and threaten my vet for an alternative)
NATIONAL DOG FOODS
Tuffy's Dog Food
LAND O' LAKES
MUENSTER MILLING CO.
JOY PET FOODS
BUCKEYE PET FOODS
PROFESSIONAL PET FOODS
EARL MAY PREMIUM BLEND
CORNUCOPIA PET FOODS, INC.
VETERINARY MEDICAL DIETS Select Care and Medi-Cal
MY-CHAMPS MICROBIAL STYLE DOG FOOD
KUMPI DOG FOOD
Black Gold Pet Foods, Inc.
BLUE SEAL PREMIUM FEEDS. LTD.
BACK TO BASICS
BLUE RIBBON BRAND DOG FOOD
PURINA O.N.E. Brand
OL' ROY BRAND
PURINA BRAND DOG FOODS
THOMPSON'S PET PASTA PRODUCTS
KIBBLES 'N BITS
DR. BALLARD ORIGINAL VETERINARIAN RECIPES
The Robert Abady Dog Food Company, Ltd
But the good costs so much!
Burger King is cheap too you know…
You have to realize that the higher quality the food, the less fillers and more actual nutrition. The portion sizes are much smaller, the food lasts longer, and you are spending less time picking up landmines all over the backyard. Everybody wins.
To add to this, dont play the helpless "oh but I cant find it at Walmart or Petsmart" card. Use google, look up the webpages, more than likely they will have a store locater for their distributers. Good food is worth the 5 seconds youll have to search on google for.