Julie Balch is a K9 handler for Flathead County Sheriff's Search and Rescue. She has been a member of North Valley Rescue Association for 22 years. She has been a K9 handler for 10 and a flanker for 7 years prior to becoming a handler. She currently works with two certified HRD dogs.
Her current partners are K9 Talyn, an 8 yr old Belgian Malinois, and K9 Kuma, a 3 year old Belgian Malinois/Dutch Shepherd, both certified in HRD (humane remains detection) through NAPWDA. Talyn has many missions under her belt and is the most experienced in our county. She has had multiple finds and has helped bring several loved ones home. Kuma is a big powerful girl who is well on her way of becoming a great search dog.