“Seagram was my pet raccoon that I had, I believe I was about probably 13,” Shelton said.
“I had a buddy named Eric, and I was walking down the street to his house,” he said. “I was walking with my raccoon and dog, and this lady [in a car] pulled over. At that age, I remembered stranger danger, right? Like, ‘What is this woman?’ She pulled out and she had a camera and she goes, ‘I work for the Ada Evening News, and I’ve just never seen this. Is that animal with you? Is that raccoon, like, wild? Does it just follow [you]?’ I said, ‘No, that’s my pet.’ So, she took a couple of pictures. I forgot to tell my mom, and in the next day or two, this picture came out on the cover of the newspaper of me and my raccoon.”
During the interview, Shelton is seen holding up the black and white photocopy from the newspaper, showing off the unlikely trio.