This is so completely not breaking the fourth wall and I don’t wanna hear it.
The line between reality humor and cartoon-reality humor is a tricky one. When I have things that shouldn’t be able to talk, they’re generally talking only to other things that shouldn’t be able to talk. You rarely see me have the animal talking to the human unless there’s some kind of explanation.
In this case I have this hybrid of tired cliches all twisted up and I’m intentionally leaving the reader a lot of freedom to interpret this. Gotta keep reminding myself that ambiguity is as much an ingredient of humor as surprise.