Save the Puppies!
Collecting Keys.jpg
Airdate Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Season 3
Episode Earlier Airings: 8

Current Airings: 7

Written by Christine Ricci
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Save the Puppies! is the 7th episode (8th in earlier airings) of Dora the Explorer from Season 3.



Dora and Boots enter a video game to rescue 100 puppies from a mean dog catcher. They get help with a puppy by finding 100 keys in red boxes, getting pass the dog catcher, and rescuing the puppies.


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 dog-bone river to get to the doggy cages, with them having to find 100 red keys along the way. Dora, Boots, and Puppy got going and caught stars, including Saltador, a super-jumping explorer star. After finding multiple keys, Dora, Boots, and Puppy 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 close the last door, so the viewer shouts "cierra". After finding even more keys, Dora and Boots got going again with Puppy and reached to the Dog-bone River. They ride in a doggy-paddle boat, which is activated by barking a tune. They get across the Dog-bone river, when the dogcatcher pursuing 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 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. Dora and Boots won the game! "Yip, Yip, Hooray!" they cheered as the race down the hill with all 101 puppies and they were so happy to be back home. "WOOF WOOF!", the puppies barked happily.

Places in this episode

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


  • We're Going to Save the Puppies
  • Doggy Barking Song


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 60th episode of the show (61st in earlier airings).
  • Diego and Baby Jaguar don't appear in this episode.
  • This episode premiered exactly 1 year after "Super Map!" premiered.
  • Benny, Tico, Isa, and Swiper do not appear in this episode.
    • This is the second episode in which Swiper is absent (he appeared in every episode of Season 2), first being Te Amo.
      • However, the dog catcher takes Swiper's place as the antagonist.
  • It is unknown how the Fiesta Trio and the Explorer Stars got into the video game.
  • When Map sings part of the I'm the Map song, the Fiesta Trio doesn't sing with him.
  • 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 one of them which has 20 keys)
  • 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 ninth 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, Big River, 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.


  • iTunes lists this episode as "Save the Puppies". The exclamation mark is not included.
  • Unlike 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).


Number of stars


Explorer Star


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