Well, I understand the wood part, the tree is made of it, but what do they have to do with dogs? Although, this photo was taken next to the place where I buried my lethargic, old dog: Dewayne. The two are not related.
There are several species of dogwood in my area: alternate leaf dogwood, rough leaf dogwood, stiff dogwood, silky dogwood, red-osier dogwood and the most famous around here because we named an entire festival after it: flowering dogwood.
Actually, the word dogwood itself is derived from “dagwood.” The wood is very hard and the slender stems were once used to make “dags” or daggers and skewers. So, the next time you have something that needs skewering or someone to stab. (Not recommended by this blog. We advocate non-violence) look no farther than your front yard.