I think it was George Carlin who did a comic sketch about dogs “waiting to wait”. This dog was napping, resigned to being left on the porch, and never noticed me. The cat did, of course, but decided that even though I made a strange beeping noise (my camera), I wasn’t dangerous.
Between the wish and the thing, life lies waiting. ~ Unknown
Ten men waiting for me at the door? Send one of them home, I'm tired. ~ Mae West