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"Caveman's Best Friend" is an episode of The Backyardigans from the third season.



"Early Soul music sets the stage as Caveman Austin leads a prehistoric chase through Rockville to catch his runaway dinosaur puppy. But can anything stop a runaway dinosaur?"


Austin is shown in the backyard. He explains to the viewer how he is living in prehistoric times as a caveman, and is so excited about going to the pet store and getting a pet. He sings the song "I Want a Pet". Austin then ventures into the stone-age town of Rockville, which the backyard transforms into Rockville.

Austin is riding on a skateboard through the town to get to the local pet store, "Pet-a-Store-us". His skateboard runs into a tar puddle and is stuck in the gooey mess. Austin frequently tugs at his board, struggling to move it. The skateboard flings out of his reach, twirls in the air, and lands in front of Austin. He rides it to the pet store.

Uniqua, the store owner, is standing outside of Pet-a-Store-us. Austin gets off his skateboard to talk to the employee. Austin gives Uniqua five pebbles, used as money. He explains to the owner how he wants a pet that like to play fetch, go to the park, and is really energetic. Uniqua knows the type of pet he wants - a dinosaur puppy. Austin spies a playful, long-necked dinosaur in the store window and asks if he could have it.

Uniqua agrees, and lets the dinosaur out of the store. She gives Austin a leash. He holds on to it as the dinosaur runs off carrying Austin behind. Uniqua yells to Austin not to take off the leash, but Austin misunderstands her words because he was too far away to hear her. The dinosaur, named Boy during the ride, takes Austin to the park. As they arrive at the park, Austin plays with Boy while singing the song "I Got a Pet". He takes off his leash. Then there was trouble: Boy immediately runs away. Austin tries to yell after him, but Boy does not come back. He chases Boy a bit deeper into the park, but it is no use.

Austin dashes back to Pet-a-Store-us to ask Uniqua for help. Austin tells Uniqua how Boy ran away when he took off the leash. Uniqua tells him that she had previously told him to never take off the leash. Austin now understands what she had said. They both sing the song "I Need a Hand". Uniqua gives Austin a ride on her scooter. They drive to the park to look for Boy. On the way, they spot Boy. Uniqua says to Austin that the only way to get Boy back is to whistle for him. Austin tries to whistle, but he fails. Austin asks Uniqua if she can whistle; Uniqua answers "no". She does show that she can snap her fingers.

Uniqua creeps up to Boy and gives him a bone to distract him and allow her to put the leash back on, but ends up holding on to Boy's tail, being pulled away in the air by him. Austin knows he should help Uniqua, so he jumps on to the scooter to chase after his pet. While chasing him, Police Officer Pablo, in his police car, notices that Austin is speeding. He gets up, puts his glasses on, and chases after Austin, Uniqua, and Boy.

Austin looks behind himself and sees the large police car behind him. He tells Uniqua that they are part of a high-speed chase. Boy jumps over a tar puddle, making Uniqua fly in the air. She falls to the ground and lands perfectly on the scooter with Austin. Uniqua greets him, and she greets him back. Then there was trouble: because paying attention to the road ahead, the scooter gets stuck in the tar puddle Boy previously jumped over. Pablo manages to catch up with them, and asks the two if they know why he stopped they.

Austin answers "Because you wanted to say hi?" Pablo answers "yes" and says hello, but he quickly gets back on track and tells them the real reason: Austin was driving too fast and Uniqua was riding around on a dinosaur. Uniqua and Austin apologize and tell Pablo that all they were doing is trying to get Austin's pet back. Austin spots Boy digging a hole to bury the bone given to him earlier. Pablo tells the two not to worry, because he has it all under control. He pulls out a megaphone and tells Boy to put the bone down and move away from the hole. Boy cannot understand his words and keeps digging. Pablo tells Uniqua and Austin that Boy is not listening. Austin asks Pablo if he can whistle; Pablo answers "no". He does show that he can rub his belly and tap his head.

Pablo gets a long grappling hook attached to his police car bumper and hooks it on to Boy's collar. He thinks that if Boy is tied to his police car, they can easily get a leash on him. But Boy runs off and breaks the bumper off of the police car. Pablo makes a note to himself to get a new car bumper. Uniqua gets on to her scooter, Austin gets on to his skateboard, and Pablo gets into his police car as they all prepare to chase the dinosaur. They sing the song "Where Has My Dinosaur Gone?" while chasing Boy. Boy runs up a tree. Pablo pulls out the megaphone and tells Boy to give up. Boy scares and climbs up the tree. Now the three can't think of a way to get Boy down. Pablo thinks for a while and knows what to do - call Fireman Tyrone. Austin asks Tyrone if he can whistle; Tyrone answers "no". He does show that he can wiggle his ears.

Tyrone gives to the others a trampoline in case of Boy falls off the tree. Tyrone climbs up his fire truck's ladder and tries to get Boy down. He puts the hook of the rope in his collar. Boy fall off the tree, jumps on the trampoline and run, taking the fire truck behind him. Austin, Uniqua and Pablo drive after him. Then there was trouble: Boy crosses a tar pit, and all of the vehicles land on it. Luckily, nobody's hurt. Austin's skate starts sinking when he jumps to Uniqua's scooter, but it starts sinking too. Pablo tell Austin and Uniqua to jump to his police car. The police car starts sinking and Tyrone tells the others to jump to his fire truck. The fire truck starts sinking. All of the four start to scream. The top of Tyrone's fire truck is still visible at the surface, and Pablo, Uniqua, Austin, and Tyrone gather on to the fire truck's top while it is sinking and sing "Now Would Be a Good Time to Whistle".

They all leap out of the tar pit as the fire truck sinks. Austin tries to whistle and finally succeeds. Boy comes over to Austin and allows him to put the leash back on. Tyrone's stomach grumbles. Pablo tells him that Boy is snoring. Tyrone tells him that it is just his stomach, and invites everyone to his house for strawberries and yogurt. They all run to Tyrone's house as the prehistoric town turns back into the backyard. They all sing the end song and run into Tyrone's house. Austin whistles before reclosing the door as the episode ends.




  • This episode is the saddest episode in the series.
  • This is the first episode on Season 3 where everybody except Tasha appears. The second being "Escape from Fairytale Village".
  • Tasha is the only main character who isn't featured in this episode.
  • This is the only Season 3 episode where Pablo undergoes a panic attack.


  • For some reason, Austin has ears on his helmet.
    • But That's How He Has Ears On His Helmet During This Episode.
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