I spent 2 days and a lot of fiber trying to get coreless core spinning to work.... I give up!
Have you watched Jazzturtle's video on coreless corespinning? The beginning has a quick bit on auto-wrappping but then she goes into coreless. I haven't tried it yet but she explained it well and watching it really helped me understand how to go about it...I only had vague ideas before about coreless. Her videos are always good and I find them very helpful! http://jazzturtlecreations.blogspot.com/2009/11/how-do-i-do-it-coreless-corespinning.html
Oh, and yes! I have had one of those days...more than one, lol! Either interruptions galore or the fiber not doing what I was hoping for (it's never a user error, I'm sure of it! lol). Ug, those days suck! They're usually the days when you start out really excited to spin or just really wanting/needing to spin for sanity!
Tollers, like most retrievers, are double-coated which means they have a soft undercoat and a course topcoat. If they have their dogs groomed or groom them themselves they could just start saving the soft undercoat until there is enough to spin. One thing about the undercoat is it comes out lighter than the color of the dog...depending on the breed it could even be a different color (some dark dogs have a pale undercoat, etc). I have a golden retriever (a medium to dark amber color) and her undercoat is a light honey color.
http://www.vipfibers.com/ is one place that offers a pet fur spinning service (they don't blend with wool, which I like, but I think the blending with wool thing is personal preference). Even if you didn't use their service they have a lot of good information about it, such as approximately how much fur it would take to make a hat. There is plenty of advice here on the fiber boards if you wanted to learn how to spin it yourself...check out the Spinning FAQs and the Learning to Spin.
If all else fails, you could probably convince one of the Craftster spinners to spin it up for you for a small fee or trade
lol Kidding! That's how I learned! You'll probably find a lot of people here who learned by using books and the internet. Videos are your friend! Check out the Spinning FAQs and the Learn to Spin 2010 stickies here in the Spinning: Discussion and Questions. Also, take a look at some of the Spinning: Completed Projects posts...mainly those with a title like My First Handspun. Those will give you a good idea of what a newbie yarn looks like. Oh, and it doesn't take anywhere near years to start making yarn you can use for projects...you'll see that when you look at those newbie yarns!
I was thinking i-cord too...around pipe cleaners...then end it with a snake head shape, or I suppose you could start with a snake head then do the i-cord body. You could use wire but I would think pipe cleaners would stay in place rather than slip and poke you in the head! The curls are cool but when I think of Medusa I think of the snakes sticking up every which way rather than hanging down like the curls.
Whichever way you do it, I can't wait to see the results!
I must say I'm having a hard time thinking of fibers not on the beaten path...especially after hanging around the spinning boards for a while, lol. You name it and someone here has probably spun it or at least attempted to! Some of the fibers off the beaten path for me would be camel, yak, buffalo, quiviut, possum...mainly because they're so expensive. Also haven't tried milk protein fiber or ecospun (recycled plastic bottles). I have, however, spun several breeds of sheep wool (soooooo many left to try though, lol), alpaca, llama, angora, mohair, silk, bamboo, cat, dog, Halloween spider web stuff, milkweed fluff...um...I'm sure there are a few more, lol.