Prince, the service goat
Sara Manley with Prince, her service goat
COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- Service dogs are common companions for people who have vision or other medical and emotional problems, but an Alpine Township woman may have the world's first "service goat."
And just about everywhere Sara Manley goes, Prince the goat is sure to go with her.
Manley says she found out by accident that goats would try to warn her about an imminent low blood sugar blackout or muscle seizures. She made the discovery while caring for her horse at a West Michigan farm.
"I noticed the goat would act strange ten to 15 minutes before I would either pass out or blackout from low blood sugar caused by medications, or I'd have muscular spasms," she says.
A few minutes before an episode, the goats on the farm would go "Baaaa!" then nudge and protectively surround her.
"They wouldn't let me get in my car," she remembers.
Manley says age does not matter when it comes to the goat's abilities.
"Even at six weeks of age, Prince is able to detect it," says Manley. "He bites me and will get visibly agitated. He will scream or circle me and block me if I have a problem. That's what he does. He prevents the problem so I can take my medication."
Manley says she generates a lot of attention when she takes Prince into the city.
"I can't go two feet without people stopping me," she says. "He actually quite enjoys Grand Rapids downtown night life. He likes the drunken pats on the head when we pass the bars."
"Everyone who sees it falls in love with it," says Gary Manley, Sara's father. "Women just dote over him. Guys are like, 'What the heck is that?'"
Prince has become so popular that he now has his own Facebook page. Sara, a senior at the Kendall School of Art & Design, is also making an animated film starring Prince.