I list this feature as one I wanted most but never knew I wanted so badly. I've treated my Pokemon on par with real pets since Pokemon red. I remember when I first beat Blue and the E4 how proud I was not just for myself but also my team. So to see a feature that makes them more life like, and my bond more personal. Ill happily take it.
And on the topic of men petting their pets. I kiss my dog on the forehead all the time. It's cool cause that's what bro's do. Forehead kisses! *sand crabs away*