I went to the birdy store for some toys for Peanut today, and while I did not come home with the adorable Cockatoo I'm seeing on the side, I did come home with this awesome play stand for my tiny bird. (It's hard to get a picture in front of a sunny window.)
Peanut willingly stepped up on the stand, before she realized this meant she would not be on my shoulder, my chest, my finger, or any other part of her favorite perch. Which is the point, from my perspective. This gives her a place to hang out in the same room with the rest of the family, without actually having to be ON a member of the family. It is also mostly out of Kozmo's range. He could certainly knock it over if he wanted to, but at least he can't grab her on his way past, and I won't leave them together unattended.
This is how Peanut reacts when Koz gets too close. I call this her Eagle Pose. She spreads her wings as wide as they will go to make herself look as big as possible, and then she hisses like a little dragon! It's incredibly cute, and it really gets the point across. Koz does an abrupt about-face and leaves the room every time she does it. They say it's not the size of the dog in the fight that counts, but the size of the fight in the dog. I guess that applies to birds, too!