When I first starting out doing portraits, I would have the subject/subjects, in for sittings. This was an arduous task, especially with young children! I would use anything and everything to keep them entertained, including my poor parrot and puppies when they were around. But, I must say it was great experience and helped so much with being able to move some of the technique to photos when I started using them for reference.
So the result was the portrait shown.