We must strive to understand that every living creature has its purpose and value, and we must learn to recognize the balance and beauty of nature. Then, and only then, will the wolf's true destiny emerge.
Before Ivan became the leader of the pack of dogs, Belka was the boss. He describes her as a beautiful white dog, and a stage direction towards the end calls for Ivan to be seen riding a big wolf. To little Ivan, Belka must have seemed like a God.