I am considering getting a larger bird, Moluccan cockatoo. I know it is a big commitment. Years ago I looked at it also and ended up getting two parakeets that we really enjoy. They are a lot of fun as is the lap dog that I also got some yrs later. I am still interested in a parrot and after some research and talking to "bird" people came to the conclusion of possibly getting a cockatoo, in particular a Mollucan or Sulfur crested one. I like African Greys a lot but feel because of my family it is not the right bird or we are not the right family for an African grey. I also wonder how a small dog and a large parrot would work out. Any bird owners out there with stories to share?