"I had researched raccoons for a long time, as I have always had a huge love for them and I had training in exotic animals before I got ill," Valentine said.
It's no wonder why the moment Valentine saw an online ad for Cody, she was quick to take a chance on him and give him a forever home with her. They've been inseparable ever since.
"I never really left the house before and now I make sure I do every single day," Valentine said. "My boyfriend and I take Cody out together for a walk every day, and if I am feeling well enough, we go to visit our favorite shops together, which is always fun as people can never believe that they are seeing a raccoon out shopping!"