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Save the Puppies!
Collecting Keys
Airdate Tuesday, October 14, 2003 (Nickelodeon)
Thursday, September 16, 2004 (Noggin)
Tuesday, November 6, 2007 (DVD)
U.S. Premiere Time (est.) {{{premiere}}}
Season 3
Episode 7 (aired)
9 (production order)
Written by Christine Ricci
Storyboard by:
Alex Que
Jose Silverio
Directed by Sherie Pollack
Previous Rescue, Rescue, Rescue! (airing order)
Meet Diego! (production order)
Next The Big Potato (airing order)
¡Por Favor! (production order)

Save the Puppies! is the 7th episode of Dora the Explorer from Season 3.

In production order, it's the 9th episode of Season 3.



Dora and Boots are "counting" on the viewer's help when they jump into a video game to save 100 puppies from a mean dog catcher.


Dora shows the viewer her new video game called Save the Puppies, a game featuring multiple puppies getting caught put inside the doggy cages by the dog catcher, until he misses one, which jumps out of the game. The puppy then warns Dora and Boots about the 100 puppies trapped in the doggy cages and jump into the video game. They ask Map where to go to find the puppies, and he says that they have to go through the doghouse and down the Dog-Bone River to get to the doggy cages, with them having to find 100 red keys along the way. Dora, Boots, and the puppy got going and caught stars, including Saltador, a super-jumping explorer star if the viewer remembers that they can try and catch stars along the way of what Map said! After finding multiple keys, the dog catcher chases Dora, Boots, and the puppy, who are trying reach the doghouse. Dora and Boots had to crawl like puppies to get inside. Once there, they had to figure out which door to go through. They go through multiple doors, but Dora cannot push the exit door to close, so the viewer shouts "cierra". After finding even more keys, Dora and Boots got going again with Puppy and reached the Dog-Bone River. They ride in a doggy paddleboat, which is activated by barking a tune. They get across the dog bone river, when the dogcatcher pursues them. Dora, Boots, and Puppy reach the doggy cages but needed to find 10 more keys to save all 100 puppies. There was a red box next to the doggy cages. Since the box was very large, Saltador gives Dora, Boots, and the puppy some extra jumping power, so they super-jump three times to open the box. All 100 keys came out and unlocked a cage freeing all the puppies, leaving the dog catcher shocked and thinking that being a dogcatcher wasn't any fun and deciding to be a mailman to deliver everything! So the mailman gave up and went far far away. Guess who won the game? Dora, Boots, and the viewer won the game! Dora, Boots, and the viewer say "Yip, Yip, Hurray!" in Sesame Street-styled martian talk as they race down the hill with all 101 puppies and they were so happy to be back home. The puppies barked happily, "WOOF-WOOF!".

Places in this episode[]

  1. Doghouse
  2. Dog-Bone River
  3. Doggy Cages



This episode can be found in Puppy Power! on DVD.


  • Map stands on the top right of the picture map instead of on the top left and the places are changed around too.
  • This is the second episode where Backpack was not used at all, the first being The Lost City.
  • This is the 61st episode of the show.
  • Diego and Baby Jaguar don't appear in this episode.
  • Dora mentions the episode's name when she said the video game "Save the Puppies".
  • This episode premiered exactly one year after "A Letter for Swiper" premiered.
  • Benny, Isa, Tico, and Swiper don't appear in this episode.
    • Even though Swiper is credited (because he is voiced by Marc Weiner, just like Map), this marked the first time Swiper was absent since Te Amo (since he appeared in every episode of Season 2).
      • However, the dog catcher takes Swiper's place as the antagonist.
      • Also, much like the Witch from Dora Saves the Prince and Señor Shush from Dora, La Música, the Dog Catcher reforms himself and is forgiven by Dora, Boots, Puppy, and the other puppies for his actions.
      • Additionally, this episode is about puppies, which Swiper loves, but that info wasn't revealed until Dora's Got a Puppy.
  • It is unknown how the Fiesta Trio and the Explorer Stars got into the video game, they were possibly coded into the game which in real life one can't do.
    • Interestingly, Pokémon, the Explorer Stars' inspiration, is a video game to catch them.
  • When Map sings part of the I'm the Map song, the Fiesta Trio doesn't sing with him, which means he sang the short version from Season 2.
  • As soon as Dora and Boots exit the doghouse, the dog catcher was almost going to catch Dora with his net since she's the last one to get out although she is a human and not a dog but she got out right away just in case he did.
  • Dora and Boots don't sing the Travel Song in this episode, they instead sing about saving the puppies and looking for red keys in red boxes and counting the keys. There were 10 keys per box (except the seventh which has 20 keys). That makes 9 boxes in total.
  • The We Did It! song from this episode is featured in the Dora the Explorer CD album.
  • This is the second episode where Dora and Boots count to 3 before jumping into something.
  • Map mentions about the 100 red keys Dora and Boots had to search for to save 100 puppies.
  • This is the eighth episode where Dora and Boots returned to where they started from after reaching the final place on the map, something that happened in Three Little Piggies, Berry Hunt, The Chocolate Tree, El Día De Las Madres, Click!, A Present for Santa, and School Pet.
  • This is the second episode to be written by Christine Ricci, first being School Pet. But this time, she’s listed as just Christine Ricci instead of "Christine Ricci Ph. D".
  • When Boots says "Where do we go next?", the audio is taken from Dora Had a Little Lamb.
  • This is the third episode where Boots stands behind the picture pop-up sequence with Dora, first being Pinto, the Pony Express and second being ¡Rápido, Tico!. However, this is the second time he stands behind the picture pop up sequence all three times.
  • Before counting the stars in English, Dora doesn't say, "Count with me!" She instead asks, "How many stars did we find?".
  • Although it premiered in 2003, it was actually made in 2002 according to the credits.
  • When Dora and Boots say, "Yip, yip, hooray!", it sounds like it was from Sesame Street, except for the fact that it was just what the Martians are called and what they said.
  • This is the third episode to feature skidooing by Dora and Boots, just like the stars of Blue's Clues and Bert, who teaches Jane and Michael the skidoo trick in Mary Poppins when they think, wink, do a double blink, close their eyes, and jump. The first time this happened was in "Quack! Quack!" and the second time this happened was in "¡Por Favor!".
  • This episode is similar to the 1961 Walt Disney animated film "101 Dalmatians".
    • The 101 puppies play out the role of the Dalmatians.
    • The dog catcher technically plays out the role of Cruella De Vil, but instead of wanting to make clothes out of the puppies, he traps them in the cages to keep them all for himself.


  • iTunes and the DVD list this episode as "Save the Puppies". The exclamation mark is not included.
  • When the puppies snuggle Dora after being freed, the top of Dora's sleeve is superimposed over Backpack.
  • Unlike all other episodes that feature star catching, Map mentions nothing about catching stars in addition to mentioning about the 100 red keys in red boxes (for an unknown reason). This will happen again in Dora's Fairytale Adventure.
  • When Dora and Boots say "21" the 1 in 21 is the wrong font.
  • In the book version, Perrito appears instead of the puppy from this episode.

Number of stars[]


Explorer Star[]


Dora the Explorer Season 3
The Lost City | Star Catcher | Stuck Truck | Roberto the Robot | ¡Por Favor! | Rescue, Rescue, Rescue! | Save the Puppies! | The Big Potato | What Happens Next? | The Fix-it Machine | Meet Diego! | Baby Dino | Baseball Boots | Boots' Special Day | Boo! | Dora Saves the Game | The Super Silly Fiesta | Boots' Cuddly Dinosaur | Job Day | Louder! | ABC Animals | Dora's Pirate Adventure | Dora Had a Little Lamb | Best Friends | Journey to the Purple Planet | To the South Pole
* - Denotes held-back episode
** - Denotes held-up episode