My condolences to you, sir. I also know that feeling of loss, all too well. I have started woodturning Pet Cremation Urns in an effort to help those of us who still would like to have the memories and reminders nearby. I've made urns for my Father's ashes. I don't know why, but I am fascinated with the Urn making process, and I took a class from Steve Pritchard at John C. Campbell Folk School last Fall. Since then I have made a few better ones ready for other close friends' pets.
I don't look forward to losing my current Wonder Dog, Shadow. She's the best pet I've ever had, and she's a great athletic and family oriented black lab.